Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 08, 2011
The Black Alliance of Educational Options (BAEO) announced the appointment of Dr. Monteic A. Sizer as the new Louisiana BAEO (LA BAEO) State Director.
Sizer brings to BAEO years of experience as a clinical-community psychologist, consultant, academic researcher, and non-profit CEO. Sizer is founder and President/CEO of the Judah Lion Group and Strategy International, L.L.C., a full service political consulting, organizational capacity, coalition building, public policy and strategy development firm.
Sizer’s passion for education reform has led to various prestigious work and board appointments. For example, Sizer’s work at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a statewide foundation in North Carolina with nearly half a billion in assets, included making innovative funding recommendations in the areas of social justice and equity, community development, education, the environment, and governance and public policy. More specifically, Sizer led the Foundation’s education grant making portfolio, education system realignment strategies, and statewide teacher professional development initiatives.
As BAEO’s Louisiana State Director, Sizer will be responsible for overseeing operations and setting organizational priorities that will serve to enact, protect, and expand parental choice policies and programs for low-income and working class families in the state of Louisiana. He will report to the BAEO National Advocacy Director, Shreé Medlock.
“Dr. Sizer brings to BAEO and the Louisiana team a wealth of advocacy experience and expertise on all levels,” said Medlock. “He has a commitment to making sure that low-income children are able to have access to high quality educational options, not just in Louisiana, but in every state.”
In his new role, Sizer will provide the local state team with leadership and direction and coordinate the day-to-day activities of the Louisiana BAEO staff. He also will work closely with elected and appointed officials to maintain support for parental choice programs in Louisiana; he will ensure that Louisiana BAEO maintains strong ties with community stakeholders; and he will ensure that LA BAEO remains a strong partner in the growing coalition of individuals and organizations working to advance parental choice in the state.
“Although Louisiana has made some important initial progress in improving the educational outcomes of students of color in New Orleans, we are a long way from achieving collective excellence there or anywhere else in the state,” said national BAEO President Kenneth Campbell. “Dr. Sizer is in a pivotal place at a pivotal time, and I have no doubt that under his leadership, BAEO will continue to have a positive impact on the education of children in Louisiana. I am confident that he is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.”
Some of Sizer’s past board and committee experiences include being an invited participant on the Education Council of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Education Issues Council of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. Additionally, Sizer has been a contributing member of the North Carolina Partners Leadership Council (K-12 Policy Group), the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce Education Council, the Education Subcommittee of the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Partners for School Reform, and served on the Board of Trustees for Barber
Sizer is a 2010 Leadership Louisiana graduate, a Leadership Fellow with the Effective Leadership Program at the Center of Leadership and Public Values at Duke University and the College of Business at Southern University (Baton Rouge), and a Political Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.
Sizer holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Central Piedmont Community College, Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Pfeiffer College, and an earned Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He completed his clinical residency at William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute.