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THE NEED: Facing A Crisis

Everyone is a stakeholder of public education. It is a harsh reality that Louisiana's students perform at or near the bottom when compared nationally. We have failed to provide millions of children with the most basic skills needed to succeed as adults. We are facing a crisis because the quality of education our students receive affects the quality of life for all.

Dropout Rate

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

Literacy

Students in Louisiana ranked 48th in math; 48th in reading; 45th in the dropout rate and 47th in average ACT scores, a measure of college readiness.

Teacher Shortage

The number of teachers entering the profession in Louisiana is declining, The shortage is especially acute in math, science and special education classes.

Basic Skills

We have failed to provide millions of children with the most basic skills needed to succeed as adults.

Funding

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

STEM Proficiency

STEM education is essential to the growth and economy of the US and offers careers that are in high demand.

School Choice

Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Provides private school vouchers to assist low-income children in failing schools in New Orleans.

Public Opinoin

Less than one out of four likely voters rate the state’s public school system as “good” or “excellent”

PROVEN SUCCESS

AIE is dedicated to investing its care, resources and hard work in identifying and recruiting school leaders and teachers, offering high quality professional development at all levels, and designing engaging lessons to prepare all students for life in the 21st century.

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RLRP Schools

700

Teachers Certified

350

RLRP Principals

41

Districts Served

MEET OUR TEAM

Dr. Michael Eskridge

Executive Director

Dr. Michael Eskridge has been in the field of education for twenty-six years. He began his career in Seattle, Washington as a Montessori pre-school teacher. Dr. Eskridge went on to teach elementary, middle, and high school students in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Eskridge has served as an Assistant Principal, Principal, and Central Office Administrator in the public school systems of Seattle, Washington, Alexandria, Virginia, Albany, New York, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Gabriel, Louisiana. For three years Dr. Eskridge served as Director of Education of an in-patient drug/alcohol treatment center for youth ages 12-21 in Seattle, Washington. In addition, he owns and operates Cooperative Educational Services, an educational consulting business.

Dr. Eskridge has also served as a mentor, coach, project manager and program director for Advance Innovative Education’s Re-designing Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP) Program, Louisiana’s first statewide alternative certification program for educational leaders.

225.572.7353

michael@advanceie.org

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Dr. Curt Green

RLRP Program Manager, Media & Testing Consultant, RLRP Leadership Coach, Recruiter

Dr. Curt R. Green is a life-long learner and experienced educator with more 20 years in the field. Dr. Green has served as an instructional leader, transforming failing schools. Dr. Green is the founding principal of two single gender academies for boys: The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson within Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, GA. and Capitol Pre-College Academy for Boys in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Baton Rouge, LA.

Dr. Green’s educational background includes, a Bachelor of General Studies degree with an emphasis in Social Sciences from Louisiana State University, and two Master’s degrees from the University of Alaska-Anchorage in Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Public School Administration (K-12). Dr. Green earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University as a member of the Urban CARES inaugural cohort focusing his research on educating inner city males in public education.

Dr. Green is an Educational Consultant serving as a Leadership Coach for aspiring teachers and administrators in the state of Louisiana.

404.769.4404

dr.curtrgreen@gmail.com

Board Of Directors

Reginald Browhow

Chairman

Reginald Browhow has extensive experience in the human service and educational capacity fields with emphasis on child and adult advocacy. Moreover, his experience with disenfranchised families and individuals has led him to oversee several departments and agencies (from inception to execution) focused on building human capital while simultaneously developing systematic social programming. Mr. Browhow has also served in several leadership capacities with local charter schools. Mr. Browhow holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. In addition to serving on AIE’s board; he also is an active member of STAND for Children and the Special Education Advisory Panel (Louisiana Department of Education). 

Dan Bevan

CFO, Treasurer, and Trustee Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation

Dan Bevan is Trustee, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dan also currently serves on the Boards of Children’s Charter School, The Louisiana Charter School Association, and Education’s Next Horizon. He graduated from Louisiana State University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance and Accounting. He served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps during the Vietnam conflict. He is a member of the Louisiana State Board of Certified Public Accountants and the International Facilities Management Association. 

Christi Hunter Brown

Director of Operations of Kingdom Kounsel

Christi Hunter-Brown LPC-S, LAC, NCC, PhD candidate is a licensed professional counselor supervisor, a licensed addictions counselor, and a nationally certified counselor. She is currently the Director of Operations of Kingdom Kounsel, a statewide behavioral and social service agency. She is also the Training Coordinator of the Black Family Initiative, an initiative designed to strengthen families and provide services to at-risk youth. Christi has held many leadership positions and has also administered and developed innovative educational, behavioral health, and leadership and addictions program that span the state.

John Easterly

Educator

John Easterly, Jr. has been a Mathematics and Social Studies teacher at Denham Springs High School for five years.  During his tenure, he has coached boys basketball, cross country, and has been a co-sponsor for the FCA club.  His hard work and dedication has made him an invaluable asset to his school. A devoted husband, he has been married to his wonderful wife, Sarah, for eight years.  Together, they are raising two boys, one of whom they fostered prior to adopting in October 2014.  He is also a frequent speaker and teacher in his church as well as other local congregations.  John is a 2007 graduate of Louisiana College and a 2014 graduate of AIE.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Board Superintendent

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Michael Eskridge and his company, Advance Innovation Education for their partnership with the Allen Parish School Board. Our School District entered into a ten-week teacher certification boot camp for our non-certified teachers with AIE and Dr. Eskridge. The results of our boot camp were very positive and our teachers benefitted greatly form the program. Dr. Eskridge was very professional and knowledgeable, with practically all of our teachers improving their Praxis scores.

Kent Reed

Superintendent, Allen Parish School Board

Praxis Exam for Teacher's

Advance Innovative Education (AIE) allowed me to connect with a fabulous tutor and teacher to prepare for the Praxis exams required for certification in Louisiana. The tutor adapted his teaching style to my individual needs and never fell short of challenging me to build my confidence. As a result of this program, I have a must clearer understanding of what the tests cover as well as where my current knowledge base is, how the questions are scored and how to actually study and prepare. THANK YOU AIE for the support to accomplish my goals!!

Beverly Jackson

Teacher, West Baton Rouge Parrish School Board

HR Director

Advance Innovation Education (AIE) was the missing link for a small group of teachers in West Baton Rouge Parish who were struggling with creating a clear plan of action to pass Praxis exams required to become fully certified teachers. AIE has become a true partner to our district in helping our teachers achieve their certification goals. The tutors/teachers come to our district weekly to meet with our teachers in small groups for Praxis tutoring sessions and provide individualized progress reports so teachers clearly see how they are improving. We are extremely pleased with the high level of support and customer service provided by AIE.

Barbara Burke

HR Director, West Baton Rouge Parrish School Board

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