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New Schools for Baton Rouge’s third Education Ecosystem Summit is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge community to join together on behalf of our city’s children. Together–parents, community leaders, and heads of nonprofits and local businesses–will articulate a vision for Baton Rouge education, celebrate the progress made, and recommit to the work ongoing. We will collaborate around solutions to priority challenges in the short term and surface challenges to solve for over the long term. By coming together, we ensure that the solutions we put in place now and in the future are responsive to the needs of students and families.
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Thursday, April 14 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
How do we diversify and localize our talent pipeline?

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Ashley Heard

Director, Strategy & Innovation, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Ashley started her career as a high school special education teacher in Washington, DC. After teaching, Ashley joined the staff of Teach For America, first managing the logistics of one of the organization’s summer teacher training programs then working as a program director charged with supporting secondary special education teachers. In 2011, Ashley moved to Chicago to attend law school. During law school she worked with Chicago Public... Read More →

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Jennifer Cross

Founding Dean, Relay New Orleans, Relay Graduate School of Education
As founding dean of Relay New Orleans, Jennifer Cross oversees all aspects of our teacher training in New Orleans. Cross, a Chicago native and alumna of Chicago Public Schools, has taught in several states and worked with Teach For America and TNTP to train and support teachers. Before joining Relay, she served as the principal of West Gary Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary, Indiana. Cross earned an... Read More →
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Ryann Denham Sanchez

Executive Director, City Year Baton Rouge
Ryann Denham Sanchez is the Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge, leading the organization through its strategic growth plan with the goal of providing more tutors and mentors to the students of Baton Rouge who are struggling to get back on track to high school graduation.  A native of Gonzales, Louisiana, Ryann served as Development Director at City Year Baton Rouge where she worked to advance the site’s fundraising... Read More →
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Laura Vinsant

Executive Director, Teach For America
Laura Vinsant is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She was drawn to Teach For America’s mission after working first-hand with elementary students as a tutor. Laura began her career with Teach For America as a 2007 South Louisiana corps member and taught second and third grade in Baton Rouge. She now leads the South Louisiana region and is committed to ensuring every student in South Louisiana has access to excellent educational... Read More →