AIE To Host Commencement For Third Graduating Class Of Certified Educational Leaders

For Immediate Release

Date: July 12, 2011

Advance Innovative Education (AIE), a premier organization in educational leadership development, is hosting commencement to honor the third graduating class of the Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP) alternative principal certification program at Boutin’s Restaurant from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

The RLRP Program, in partnership with the Louisiana State University’s E. J. Ourso College of Business develops educational leaders with the entrepreneurial spirit to explore new frontiers and be the impetus for systemic change in education. In support of this partnership, Dean Eli Jones of the E. J. Ourso College of Business will serve as the commencement’s keynote speaker. “I am honored to take part in this special occasion,” Jones said. “Our relationship with AIE is continuing to grow, and the college is excited to be at the forefront of helping individuals become edupreneurs for Louisiana.”

RLRP is an intensive 14-month program that begins with a three-week summer experience, followed by a year of residency and ends with a second summer experience. Each participant is provided with two levels of support -- a mentor and a coach -- for guidance and support throughout the year of residency. Ronicka Harrison-Brisco is one of this year’s honorees at commencement. “As leaders of schools, we must systematically think differently and more innovatively about the way in which we impact children’s lives,” said Harrison-Brisco. “RLRP encourages future leaders to think differently about school operations and culture. Our children deserve a first-class education that is focused on preparing them to compete successful in our growing global society. It is our role as leaders to work relentlessly to meet this end. I have developed the knowledge and skills that I need to be a successful school leader through the RLRP program.” Upon successful completion of the 14-month program, graduates receive two additional years of coaching and support.

Dr. Kristy Hebert, CEO of AIE says, “I am so proud to honor our 2011 Residents with this commencement. It is not only a celebration of their hard work and achievement, but also an opportunity to recognize them as Louisiana’s newest catalysts of change in education. They have truly embraced the ‘edupreneur’ spirit and are ready to lead Louisiana’s schools.”

RLRP is different from other principal certification programs in the nation in that it addresses traditional education topics, as well as business concepts that teach participants to run schools as a successful organization by integrating business and education principals. Faculty members of Summer Experience 2011 bring business expertise from around the nation to include best practices of entrepreneurship, social enterprise, culture, accountability, and other business concepts that are then translated to leadership practices for leading all organizations, including schools. LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Professor Dr. Mark Weaver has challenged candidates to use the skills they learned to envision a model school and then develop a plan to achieve that vision. Dr. Weaver says, “The emphasis throughout the program is on business concepts. This is completely different from other principal certification programs in the nation. We present the concept of a school as a social enterprise and challenge candidates to use the skills they learn to envision a model school and then develop a plan to achieve that vision.”

RLRP is funded through grants awarded by the United States Department of Education and the Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation. In addition to its partnership with the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, AIE also partners with the Recovery School District of Louisiana, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and Teach for America South Louisiana and Greater New Orleans chapters through the RLRP program.

Advance Innovative Education promotes urgent, systemic change in education by undertaking reform initiatives that deliver dramatically improved  teacher and school leader performance and by developing strong partnerships to increase student success and ultimately enhance the quality of life in Louisiana and across the nation.

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Contact Information

Priscilla Wagoner
Communications Specialist
Office: (225) 922-9123
Fax: (225) 612-6978
Email: priscilla@advanceie.org