The AIE Difference

  • Won $3M U.S. Department of Education grant for Transition to Teaching, bringing in career STEM professionals and certifying them as teachers to place in high-need schools
  • Won $3M U.S. Department of Education grant for educational leadership development program, blending education with social entrepreneurship
  • Won $10M U.S. Department of Education grant for innovative incentive-based teacher compensation program
  • Won $3.3M Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for a community partnership with East Baton Rouge Parish School System to design an autonomous school zone, modeled after the successful New York City Empowerment Schools, and distribute $30,000 grants to fund a summer school program in each of the 18 middle schools in EBRPSS.
  • Conceptualized, designed and facilitated district and state approval of the first two charter schools to be approved in the urban East Baton Rouge School System in over 10 years. These are the Helix Arts & Digital Media Academy and Helix STEM Academy (now operating as Mentorship Academies)
  • AIE is the only certified provider of 21st century skills training in Louisiana.
  • Designed, developed, and received state approval for Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP), Louisiana's first statewide alternative certification program for educational leaders.  AIE recently grew to reach more aspiring leaders by launching Louisiana's first state-approved virtual component to alternative certification. Over five years, RLRP has certified 31 school leaders, with 8 cohort members currently working to earn certification. AIE recently grew to reach more aspiring leaders by launching a virtual component to alternative certification. The RLRP "e-xperience" offers candidates opportunities to complete coursework on-line.

The Need: Facing A Crisis

Louisiana Student Achievement

74% of 4th Graders and 78% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in MATH75% of 4th Graders and 78% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in SCIENCE

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

77% of 4th Graders and 78% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in READING86% of 4th Graders and 83% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in WRITING

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Only 67.3% of Louisiana's children graduate from high school

Only 67.3% of Louisiana's children graduate from high school, ranking them 46th in the country in graduation rates.

This is an estimated figure for the 2008-09
school year
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2012

Funding

The State of Louisiana spends $10,638 to educate each child in the public school system

The State of Louisiana spends $10,638 to educate each child in the public school system.

Figure for the 09-10 school year.
Source: US Census Bureau, 2012

 

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