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International Alliance for Invitational Education

Our Mission

The International Alliance for Invitational Education works to create and sustain positive school climates. It seeks to enrich the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual lives of people in schools.


Passionate volunteers have always been the key to the success of the International Alliance for Invitational Education. IAIE members from all professions can serve in leadership roles to help share information about Invitational Theory and Practice and coordinate our programs and services. We want you to get involved too!

Want to serve the Alliance as a member of a committee or in another leadership role? Great! Just fill out the contact form below, email us or contact any committee chairperson.

Come join us. Share your ideas. Collaborate with IAIE members around the globe. Make a difference today!

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Executive Director: Charlanne Pook

Charlanne Pook graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, grades 1-8, and a Rank II in Special. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Masters Degree and Rank I in Administrative Leadership with certifications in K12 Principalship, Instructional Supervision, and District Pupil Personnel.

Charlanne’s 31-year career in public education included thirteen years as principal and assistant principal at an alternative school serving students in grades six through twelve. In the early years, she taught all grades (K-12). Charlanne retired from public education in 2017.

Charlanne received the 2017 Russell Buchanan Kentucky KECSAC Administrator of the Year award and in 2000, she became an Apple Distinguished Educator.

While working for the Kentucky Department of Education, Charlanne served as a technology and instructional consultant. Her multiple district and state-level positions included Director of Technology, Extended School Services Director, District Technology Trainer, and District Special Olympics Coordinator.

Charlanne has presented at numerous international, national and state conferences on technology, integration, video, teleconferencing and invitational education.

She has traveled to China to model instructional best practices and help schools grow in their implementation of invitational education and to vet schools in China and Hong Kong for awards.

Prior to becoming the Interim Executive Director, Charlanne served as Chair of the Welcoming School Committee and bookkeeper/secretary for the world-wide IAIE organization.

Tammy Baker

Business Manager

Tammy has worked in business world since 1983. She worked in the insurance business for 10 years as an accounts receivable clerk, customer service rep, and business office assistant. She also has worked as a tax professional since 2005 and now has her own tax business.

Tammy started working with the Jessamine County school system in 2002. She has served as a teaching assistant, bookkeeper, and secretary. From 2003 to 2017, she worked closely with IAIE Executive Director Charlanne Pook, while they both worked at The Providence School. While there, she served on the school culture committee and oversaw many schoolwide events and activities. She understands the importance of making a school inviting to students and their families; as well as, the school staff family.

Katy Forman

Social Media Coordinator

Katy Forman is a middle school English teacher for the past sixteen years and has taken active roles in the implementation of Invitational theory within her classroom and district. She has also been a trainer and business owner for the past nineteen years. Within these roles, she began planning, implementing, and monitoring the social media strategy of her business to increase marketing and sales through research and audience engagement.

She generates, edits and publishes daily content to encourage her clients and community members. She has developed websites and has incorporated scheduling software to maximize the efficiency of her business. Within her educational platforms, she has made meaningful connections to expand her expertise for the improvement of her school community. 

Our Board of Trustees

Dr. Ed Nelson

Board Chair

2nd Term 2019-2021

Dr. William Purkey

Co-Founder & Member

Lifetime Term

Dr. John Novak

Board Member

Lifetime Term

Trina Smathers

Board Member

1st Term 2020-2022

Eulgolio Alejandre

Board Member

1st Term 2020-2022

Dr. John Ivers

Board Member

2nd Term 2021-2023

Dr. Scott Robinson

Board Member

1st Term 2021-2023

Dr. Tanjian Liang

Board Member

1st Term 2021-2023

James Botts

Board Member

1st Term 2019-2021

Dr. Barbara Hansen

Board Member

1st Term 2020-2022

Our Advisory Council

The IAIE Advisory Council consists of a maximum of 40 volunteers. All Council members are IAIE members in good standing, nominated by the membership, and approved by the Board of Trustees. The Council meets annually to advise the Board of Trustees on the direction of the Alliance and to develop formal recommendations for the Board to review. Council members serve the Alliance as members of IAIE Committees or by otherwise promoting Invitational Education. Council members serve a two-year term and can serve more than one term if nominated. The Board of Trustees names the Chair of the Advisory Council to serve a two-year term.

Joan Fretz

Council Member


IAIE Consultant
37 Brook Hill Lane
Huntingtin, New York 11743

Dr. Jenny Edwards

Council Member


Professor, School Leadership Studies
Fielding Graduate University
2020 De la Vinta
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3814

Dr. Chris Anderson

Council Member


Associate Professor
Felician University
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Dr. Melissa Cain

Council Member


Findley University
Davis Street Building, Room 130
Findley, OH 45840

Esmeralda Torres

Council Member


1st Grade Teacher, Esperanza Elementary
4956 West 3500 S.
West Valley City, Utah 84120

Marlene Wright

Council Member

Elementary Teacher, Retired
1036 Gatewood Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324

Rae White

Council Member

Professor - Retired

Our Regional Leaders

Our Committees

Our Committees

The IAIE Membership Committee assists in the development of recruitment materials, promotes scholarships as available, and supports the various awards, including the Inviting School Award, the Fidelity Award, and the William Stafford Leadership Award. The committee also undertakes special projects, such as keeping in touch with student members, sending thanks to new and renewing members, organizing Senior Active and promoting creative ways to encourage membership.

Dr. William Purkey
The Research Committee is responsible for setting the research agenda for the Alliance. The committee works closely with the AERA SIG, the FORUM, the Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice editors, the Inviting School Award, and the Paula Helen Stanley Fidelity Award committees to gather and publish strong data supporting Invitational Theory and Practice.This committee is also responsible for the Outstanding Research Award presented at the Annual World Conference.

Jenny Edwards
The Inviting School Awards Committee is responsible for seeking nominations, reviewing applications and recognizing schools, districts and universities that have successfully used Invitational Education as a framework for creating an intentionally positive climate. Awards are presented at the Annual World Conference during even-numbered years.

James Botts
The Paula Stanley Fidelity School Awards Sub-Committee is responsible for maintaining contact with past recipients of the Inviting School Award and for encouraging schools to continue their efforts to build upon and be recognized for sustaining the Inviting Schools principles. Awards are presented at the Annual World Conference during odd number years.

Ken Wright
The William Stafford Leadership Award Sub-Committee is responsible for seeking nominations and selecting award-winners to recognize for exceptional service and leadership within the Alliance. This is the highest award presented by IAIE. Awards are presented at the World Conference during even number years.

Stephen Chu

State Chapters & International Programs

Jessamine County, KY
The Jessamine County Chapter of IAIE was founded in June, 2014. Our membership is largely Jessamine County educators, however, we are sharing information about Invitational Education with all neighboring county schools and educational institutions.

Planning meetings are held as needed. At these meetings we set chapter goals, report on goal progress, announce upcoming events, and share concerns. We also discuss invitational Education at monthly principals’ meetings.

Any interested educators are welcome to join us. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about Invitational Education!
Long Island, NY
The Long Island, New York Chapter of IAIE was founded in 2015 at the New York World Conference, when 100 New York educators joined 140 US and international IAIE delegates for a memorable week of learning and sharing inviting approaches.

Fifty-four Fidelity Award winning delegates from Hong Kong, China visited outstanding Long Island schools to learn about their inviting strategies, resulting in unique partnerships between our schools and international schools.

The Long Island IAIE Chapter works collaboratively on positive climate initiatives with LI Social Emotional Literacy Forum (LI SELF).

In collaboration with local BOCES professional development centers, the LI IAIE Chapter hosts regional workshops to introduce new schools to Invitational Education and the IAIE exchange and award programs. We also provide workshops at individual schools upon request.
Muskingum University, OH
In 2006 Ohio IAIE members were meeting to support each other in the development of IE projects and activities for K-12 teachers and college students. We wanted an official name and a way to relate our work to the Alliance and became the first official IAIE chapter. Our first meeting as a chapter was May 25, 2007.

In 2010, our chapter hosted the World conference in Columbus, OH. In January 2011 the IAIE Trustees changed our tentative status to permanent as a chapter.

Muskingum University and Park Street Intermediate School collaboratively support the Ohio Chapter of IAIE. We meet quarterly and make presentations at educational conferences to spread the message of Invitational Education. Park Street Intermediate has also built a strong exchange program with Hong Kong schools and Muskingum has integrated IE tenets and fundamentals into the coursework for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Cabell County, WV
Cabell County achieved state chapter status in May 2014 but personnel within Cabell County Schools have been active in IAIE for over twenty years. Our membership includes school administrators, teachers, principals and assistant principals, instructional coaches, technology integration specialists, and retired personnel.

Many of Cabell’s IAIE team have attended World Conferences, have been leaders in IAIE, and our schools have hosted IAIE exchanges with Hong Kong schools.

We encourage anyone interested in IAIE to attend our meetings and workshops.

Asia Program - Hong Kong

IAIE Center - Hong Kong, China

IAIE Hong Kong Center
The IAIE Hong Kong Center is responsible for significant growth in Inviting School practices in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Thailand, and Singapore. Over 150 Asian Schools have achieved multiple Inviting and Fidelity School Awards through the guidance of the IAIE HK Center.

The Center provides comprehensive training for Asian schools interested in Invitational Education and provides world-renown experts on school climate, leadership, and instructional practices to China. The Invitational Education Institute in Hong Kong provides extensive accredited courses in Invitational Education and related topics.

The Center works closely with IAIE on all IAIE initiatives, especially the Inviting and Fidelity School Awards programs, the World Conference, Student Exchange Programs and educator exchange opportunities with US schools.
Contact USA-Based Hong Kong Coordinator:

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