Center for Development and Learning (Metairie, LA)


  • Name:Mrs. Elizabeth Grace
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Development and Learning
  • Address:One Galleria Blvd., Ste. 903
    Metairie, LA 70001
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:504-897-2211
  • Main fax:504-840-9968

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:504-451-2411

User Email


Click map for a full size active view.


  • Mission:
  • The Center for Development and Learning (CDL) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the life chances of all students, especially those at high risk, by increasing school success. CDL’s goal is to help all children learn to higher levels and apply their knowledge toward good ends.

    The Center for Development and Learning is compelled by the beliefs that:

    • All children are entitled to a high-quality education regardless of race, socioeconomic background or where they live.
    • Successful schools and systems have a focused investment in building the capacity of teachers and leaders.
    • The “bottom line” for professional development is that it results in increased student achievement.

    CDL has partnered with local and national experts to create and implement a comprehensive set of programs that aim to actualize the above stated beliefs in the Greater New Orleans community.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1992, the Center for Development and Learning (CDL) is a results-driven nonprofit organization. CDL uses current advances in medicine, psychology and education to provide practical applications that work in the classroom and at home.

    Our primary strategy to increase student achievement is to arm the educators – teachers, principals, school administrators and parents (children’s first teachers) – with the tools they need to best teach the children in the Greater New Orleans region.

    • We work with national and local experts to develop programs that use best practices on teaching and learning that work in the home and classroom.

    • We provide training and ongoing support to increase educators’ knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs of students post-Katrina.

    • We teach educators leadership skills so that they can communicate the lessons-learned to other teachers and parents.

    All of our programs are founded on scientific, evidence-based research and all models utilized comply with the National Staff Development Council’s Standards of Staff Development. Current programs CDL’s delivers include:

    • Learning Profiles training includes in-depth instruction in the technical and practical aspects of the learning process. Educators learn how to account for the needs of all students, engage students more completely in learning, develop strategies and skills to respond to multiple learning factors and situations, and thereby increase student achievement.

    • Leading for Learning brings together school leadership teams, each team being comprised of the principal and four to six key teachers, to build their collective instructional leadership capacity. Leading for Learning provides a much needed forum for school teams to share, collaborate across schools, and develop lateral capacity and cohesion among participating schools.

    • Step It Up for Adolescent Literacy for students in grades four through twelve uses knowledge gleaned from scientifically-based reading research and addresses (1) core knowledge about how students learn to read, (2) how to effectively use reading assessment and screening instruments to determine appropriate teaching strategies, and (3) specific instructional strategies, both for remediation and progressive skill development.

    • Math Matters provides onsite coaching, mentoring, and demonstration of lesson concepts with the school’s math coach and faculty in small groups. Furthermore, CDL math specialists develop lesson plans with the teachers that are tailored to the students’ specific needs.

    During the 2006–2007 school year, CDL provided 1,265 educators with a combined 3,748 days of professional development via Learning Profiles, Leading for Learning and Step It Up for Adolescent Literacy.

    The June 2007 State of Public Education in New Orleans report, a collaborative effort of the Greater New Orleans Education Foundation, Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and New Orleans City Council Education Committee, featured the key role of several CDL programs and services.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:25
  • Staff size:13

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Cheryl Arabie
    Vaughan Fitzpatrick
    William H. Hines
    Charles Lacoste
    Wendy Walk Michell
    Cynthia Hedge Morrell
    Robert D. Reily
    Francoise Richardson
    Kathleen Riedlinger
    Elizabeth M. Rodriguez
    Eugenie H. Sloss
    Billy Vehnekamp
    Frank Williams

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Alice P. Thomas, President & CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Glenda Thorne, Ph.D., Vice President of Clinical Services
    Julie McCarble, Vice President of Program Administration
    Candy Lawson, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
    Lucinda Lang-DeGrange, M.S., Examiner
    Severina Nicholl-DeSpenza, M.A., Learning and Reading Specialist
    Cindy Phillips, Accountant and Business Manager
    Elizabeth Grace, Development Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:72-1221356

Other Organization Web

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:721221356
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ALICE P THOMAS
  • Organization Address:1 GALLERIA BLVD STE 903
  • Organization City:METAIRIE
  • Organization State:LA
  • Organization Zip:70001-8502
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):160
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:P80Z
  • Asset Amount:$4,320,994
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,056,966
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,472,031
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:59:00 am

This information is directly from the IRS Exempt Organization Business Master File at Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract. This information is not under the control of the Common Grant Application and is collected and compiled and can only be changed by the IRS.