International Alliance for Invitational Education
Positive Climates for Learning, Leading, and Living
The International Alliance for Invitational Education® is a
not-for-profit, worldwide organization of educators and allied
professionals who are dedicated to creating, sustaining, and enhancing
positive environments that cordially summon people to realize their
Invitational Education provides organizations with a positive
alternative to control-oriented efforts that intentionally or
unintentionally defeat, distort, or deny the development of human
A theory of practice, Invitational Education is based on three
interlocking foundations: the democratic ethos, the perceptual
tradition, and self-concept theory. The basic assumptions of
Invitational Education are:
1. People are able, valuable, and
responsible, and should be treated accordingly.
2. Helping is a cooperative,
collaborative alliance in which process is as important as
3. People possess relatively untapped
potential in all areas of human development.
4. Human potential can best be realized
by places, policies, programs, and processes that are
intentionally designed to invite development, and by people who
consistently seek to realize this potential in themselves and
others, personally and professionally.
Invitational Education offers concrete, practical, democratic, and
successful ways for educators and leaders to gain the voluntary and
enthusiastic support of others as they work together to realize their
personal and professional goals. Inviting educators and leaders choose
words and actions that intentionally demonstrate optimism, respect,
trust, and care as they invite others to share in vision.
Working together, the organization's people, places, policies,
programs and processes become intentionally inviting and create an
environment in which each individual develops intellectually,
socially, physically, emotionally and morally.
We cordially invite you to join the International Alliance for
Invitational Education as we work together to create positive climates
for learning, leading, and living.
a new IAIE Member Benefit:
IAIE's New Member Resources
Online Invitational Education
Activities and Materials
IAIE members now have access to free Invitational Education Member
Resources online. These activities and materials are for use with
adults in professional development workshops and/or students. Each
month new activities, materials, and videos will be added. Members
will access these resources on the IAIE website with a special user
name and password. IAIE members are invited to contribute activities
to share with our colleagues worldwide.
Here are some sample activities, generously shared by Judy Lehr
Guarino, from her book Schools
Without Fear, which is currently out of print. Click on the
title to view and print each activity.
Other Side of the Desk
for Submitting an IAIE Member Resource:
IAIE members are invited to share their favorite Invitational
Education activities, resources, quotes, charts, etc. with our
colleagues worldwide. Submissions may be emailed or mailed.
Click on Member Resource Submission Instructions to
download and print a step-by-step guide for submitting your
activity/resource and cover page.
Click on Member Resource Cover Page Form to download and
complete a cover page for your activity/resource.
Contact Joan R. Fretz, IAIE Executive
Contact Karen Karr, IAIE Webmaster