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Earl Martin Phalen is the founder of Phalen Leadership Academies and Summer Advantage USA. Phalen Leadership Academies is a network of K-8 blended learning schools that was awarded 10 charters by the state of Indiana, which will enable them to ultimately serve 10,000 students each year. The idea for Phalen Leadership Academies can be traced back to Earl?s creation of?Summer Advantage USA, a 25-day summer reading program, which is one of only two scientifically-proven summer learning models in the country. Phalen Leadership Academies was created as an expansion of this summer learning model. Earl?s work in education began when he founded?BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) while at Harvard Law School. BELL operates after-school and summer education programs in several major U.S. cities and has grown to impact the lives of 15,000 students annually. He is a Mind Trust Fellow, recipient of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) National Hero Award, and was awarded the President?s Service Award by President Clinton in 1997. Earl is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.