AIE Wins $50K Grant to Begin New Program Supporting Leaders of Charter School Start-Ups

For Immediate Release

Date: November 8, 2012

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Advance Innovative Education, a Louisiana nonprofit, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation to begin a new initiative, Charter Leaders and Successful Start-ups (CLASS).  CLASS is designed to guide aspiring charter school leaders through the critical first stages of starting a school.  It utilizes grassroots approach to professional development that establishes a system of training and builds a network of support.

CLASS will incorporate support for new charter school leaders in areas such as student recruitment, effective grant writing, parent involvement, community outreach, autonomy, accountability, distributive leadership, teacher evaluation and supervision, school compliance, and educational policymaking.

"School leaders are typically not trained, nor supported during the start-up of a school to effectively navigate and manage external resources," said AIE's CEO, Dr. Kristy Hebert, explaining the rationale behind the new program.  "CLASS is an opportunity for these leaders to be trained in advance to successfully navigate the start-up process, instead of learning on the job during the first year, possibly at the expense of the school environment and student learning.”

"We are extremely grateful to the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation for continuing to support our initiatives," Dr. Hebert added.

The program will begin in January 2013.  Applications for interested school leaders are open immediately.  For more information on the program and how to apply, call AIE directly at (225) 572-7353.

The mission of Advance Innovative Education is to promote systemic change through initiatives that deliver dramatically improved performance of educators so they may become catalysts of change that are desperately needed in Louisiana's schools. 

For more information on Advance Innovative Education's programs and services, visit