Advance Innovative Education To Hold Panel Discussion: The Turnaround Mindset

For Immediate Release

Date: June 13, 2011

Advance Innovative Education (AIE), a statewide educational nonprofit, is holding a statewide panel discussion to promote the urgency of school turnaround in Louisiana.

As a premier organization in educational leadership development, AIE presents this opportunity for honest conversation with experts involved in successful school turnaround. All stakeholders of education are invited to learn about the turnaround mindset in Louisiana and what it means to
align leadership for student success.

The featured panelist in this discussion is Dr. Tierney Temple Fairchild, co-author of The Turnaround Mindset: Aligning Leadership with Student Success. Dr. Fairchild is the former executive director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia and served as the lead consultant for EduLead, the developer of the blueprint for the Louisiana School Turnaround Specialist program, which began implementation in 2010.

In addition to Dr. Fairchild, the following panel of experts will engage in the discussion:

  • Walter Lee
    Superintendent, DeSoto Parish Schools
    Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) Board Member
  • Kathy O’Neill
    Director, Learning-Centered Leadership Program
    Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
  • Ira Sockowitz
    President, HFG Enterprises
    Washington, DC
  • Andrew Vaughan
    Director, Division of Certification & Preparation
    Louisiana Department of Education

This panel discussion is part of the Summer Experience for AIE’s 14-month pathway to principal certification, Redesigning Lessons, Re-Envisioning Principals (RLRP). RLRP is where business and education principles intersect to develop educational leaders with the entrepreneurial spirit to explore new frontiers and be the impetus for systemic change in education. The vision of RLRP is to create educational leaders who possess the courage and skills needed to change school cultures. The event is open to the public and will take place at LSU’s Energy, Coast & Environment Auditorium, located on LSU’s campus at the corner of Nicholson Drive and Nicholson Extension in Baton Rouge, on Tuesday, June 28th beginning at 8:30 AM. RSVP for this event by emailing or call 225-922-9123.


Contact Information

Priscilla Wagoner
Communications Specialist
Office: (225) 922-9123
Fax: (225) 612-6978