AIE Receives Wilson Foundation Award For Educational Entrepreneurship Endeavor

For Immediate Release

Date: November 14, 2011

Advance Innovative Education (AIE) recently received $50,000 for its innovative project titled the Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals Grant Writing Collaborative, which aims to instill business principles and entrepreneurial spirit in the education leaders of tomorrow. This award is in addition to the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation’s past funding commitments extending up to $300,000 for AIE’s unique, blended approach to training principals through its alternative certification pathway designed with the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Participants of this project will, at its conclusion, understand the ins and outs of locating, researching, and applying for corporate, foundation, and government grants. Forty educators will be chosen to participate in this competitive project aimed at teaching educators how to procure resources to better meet the need of their customers—students.

AIE will release a competitive application amongst these eligible Capital area schools: Children’s Charter School, Glen Oaks Middle School, Madison Preparatory Academy, EBR Laboratory Academy, and others.

“There are millions of grant dollars available to help schools to improve academic achievement, enhance school climate, serve special populations, and improve the community around the school,” Dr. Kristy Hebert, CEO of AIE, explains, “AIE feels responsible for ensuring that administrators and educators understand how to seek and secure grant funds to shore up dwindling school budgets while meaningfully involving business and community in schools.”

AIE is embarking on this project because it has observed a gap in the knowledge of school leaders and educators on the interdependence of student-based budgeting with student success.  AIE believes that training educators in this valuable skill set will result in bringing more innovative ideas to schools more rapidly, thereby improving student achievement.

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