St. John educators lead way across Louisiana

Published 12:05 am Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — Educators from St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools led teachers and administrators from school districts across the state during the recent Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans.

St. John the Baptist Parish had more presenters than any other school district in Louisiana, local officials said.

Presenters were selected by the Louisiana Department of Education to share their knowledge after an application process that included submitting a topic and presentation material that was reviewed by LDOE officials, who offered feedback.

John L. Ory Magnet School Assistant Principal Monica Brown leads a session in New Orleans.

“Our sessions were packed,” Assistant Superintendent Quentina Timoll said. “For our Early Childhood session they had to open one of the walls to accommodate more people. We had some awesome feedback about the information our educators shared.”

The June 6-9 summit brought together more than 5,000 educators and content experts from across the state to share their knowledge, learn new skills and prepare for the 2017-18 school year.

The goal of the summit is to improve the everyday practice of educators in Louisiana by building their knowledge and skills in key areas related to their role, provide opportunities for educators to collaborate and share best practices, introduce high-quality resources and professional development that can be adopted and scaled in schools and districts across Louisiana and foster a culture that engages, empowers and inspires educators.

In addition to leading sessions, teacher leaders, principals, assistant principals and central office staff from St. John the Baptist.

Sessions are lead by LDOE staff members, partner organizations and educators from across Louisiana. In all, St. John had 18 educators who lead sessions. They were:

Letting Text Talk to You: Engaging in Conversations with Text: Jenna Chiasson and Robyn Gibson-Bazile

Play By Play: Planning and Implementing Literacy Intervention: Shanna Beber and Shelly Chauvin

Implementing a Quality SLT Process: Stephen Zafirau

CLASSabration! Strategically Improving Interactions: Patricia Triche, Alecia Johnson, Melissa Watson and Valencia Green

The REAL Teacher Support Plan: Stephen Zafirau, Jason Beber and Natalie Klibert

Speaking with One Voice: Shared Leadership: Chiasson, Chantell Walker and Melissa Green

FIRE Up School Culture and Performance: Shanna Beber, Stacy Bradford and Johnika Gayden

Data Visualizations for Effective Communication in Education: Stephen Zafirau

TEA Time: Task, Evaluation, and Assessment: Christal Sylvain, Monica Brown and Jasmin Porter