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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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Jennifer Cross

Relay Graduate School of Education
Founding Dean, Relay New Orleans

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 M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and an Ed.S. from National Louis University, as well as a dual B.A. in Black Studies and American Studies from Scripps College.