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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

Jennifer Bynum, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Jennifer Bynum has been active in the field of education for over 16 years.  Her focus has been on teaching, professional development, and curriculum writing.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at Louisiana State University, a Masters of Education degree in educational leadership at Nicholls State University and a Doctorate degree in educational leadership at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Dr. Bynum has taught elementary and middle school and has served as an administrator in both private and public sectors.  She is a visionary leader with proven ability to create instruction that increases student achievement.  She is the owner of Bellissimo Learning Center providing tutoring, homework support and ACT test prep.

225.572.7353

jennifer@advanceie.org

Cliff Lewis

Board President

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Cliff Lewis joined the AIE (Advance Innovative Education) board of directors in July of 2019. Cliff is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi Lewis earned a BS in Communications with a minor in Athletic Administration. Cliff was elected as President of the AIE Board, April 2020.

After four seasons in the National Football League, Cliff worked as a youth counselor for Inner Harbors Hospitals in Douglasville, GA.  He refers to time spent at Inner Harbors as the most rewarding experience in his life. “It shaped my life in ways I could not have ever imagined.”  However, in the fall of 1990 Lewis returned to his first love when he joined Mack Browns’ University of North Carolina Coaching Staff. The next fifteen years (15) were spent in the pursuit of coaching excellences, never losing sight of his Inner Harbors experience and its impact on his life. Lewis chooses to leave coaching after the 2005 season.

Since then Lewis has established/earned a reputation of excellence in the Baton Rouge public school system serving as a Parental Engagement specialist in both traditional public and charter schools.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Board Superintendent

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Advance Innovation Education (AIE) 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. The results of our boot camp were very positive and our teachers benefitted greatly form the program. AIE instructors were 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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