JPPSS ‘Ignite” Program Invests in Classroom Leaders

The Jefferson Parish Public School System launched a new program aimed at empowering the district’s most valuable resources, it’s teachers. The Ignite Teacher Leader Fellows program elevates its educators as experts of their craft with the skills to impact every child and teacher on their campus.

“It’s about increasing the capacity in our schools by investing in our teachers,” said JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “This is something we have worked hard on throughout the summer, and we’re really excited about the potential of this program.”

Ignite includes over 120 teachers at over 60 JPPSS campuses. As an Ignite Fellow, these teachers offer training and support to their colleagues at their home campus. This comes in the form of weekly professional development sessions rooted in student data, student-centered follow-up support, co-teaching, and classroom observations. Ignite Fellows benefit from monthly training and professional development by district leadership.

Ignite Fellows support the district’s Office of Teaching and Learning with its three “big rocks” this school year: implementing the new Tier 1 curriculum, teacher support and feedback, and ongoing professional development through instructional leadership team meetings and clusters.

Along with sparking engagement across their campus, Ignite Fellows feel the program also deepens their own abilities.

“Teacher leadership has encouraged me even more than usual to research best practices and current trends in education to better inform and guide my support of colleagues,” said Ignite Fellow and Riviere Elementary teacher Lauren Landry. “Working with my colleagues in this role brings out the best educator in me, and my students benefit from that, as well.”