The Louisiana Teacher Leaders make up a group of over 5,000 outstanding educators from around the state who are focused on high expectations for students. This group was born out of three core beliefs:

  • Those closest to students are best positioned to make instructional decisions;
  • The state has a role in providing resources and training directly to teachers;
  • Teacher Leaders are a powerful voice in training fellow teachers.


Louisiana Teacher Leader Advisors are an exceptionally talented group of Teacher Leaders who play a critical role in ensuring that fellow educators across the state have access to high-quality curricula, on-going assessments and professional development. Teacher Leader Advisors participate in the Department’s Instructional Materials Review process, produce units for ELA Guidebook 2.0, help create items for EAGLE, and develop and lead both virtual and in-person professional development for educators across Louisiana.

Click here for the 2016-2017 Teacher Leader Advisor Application

Teacher Leader SUPPORT

The Department offers a blend of in-person and virtual trainings to support educators as they plan, instruct and assess the Louisiana standards. These professional development opportunities cover a variety of topics related to ELA, math, social studies, science, early childhood education and special education instruction.

Click here for a full calendar of all 2016-2017 Teacher Leader events.

2016 Teacher Leader Summit

The 2016 Teacher Leader Summit will take place June 1-3 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This inspiring event will bring together 4,000 educators and content experts from across the state to share their knowledge, learn new skills, and prepare for the 2016-2017 school year.​

Over 200 sessions will cover a variety of topics related to the work of classroom teachers, school leaders, and district staff including but not limited to:

  • Early Childhood
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction
  • Believe & Prepare
  • HS Pathways & JumpStart
  • Struggling students
  • Data Systems
  • Student Privacy
  • Grants & Federal Programs
  • Principal Support
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Assessment & Accountability
  • Technology Readiness
  • Behavioral Health

Click here for the full schedule of sessions.


  • Wednesday, June 1: 12:30-4:00 (mostly classroom teachers)
  • Thursday, June 2: 8:30-4:30 (classroom teachers and school/LEA administrators)
  • Friday, June 3: 8:30-12:00 (mostly school and LEA administrators)

2016 Teacher Leader Collaboration Events

Teacher Leader Collaboration Events offer a variety of content-specific sessions from which participants can choose the ones that best fit their needs. Sessions focus on providing participants with the most up-to-date information regarding ELA, math and social studies instruction in Louisiana as well as supporting the use of various tools from the Teacher Support Toolbox.

The 2016-2017 Teacher Leader Collaboration Events will take place during the following weeks in locations around the state:

  • Weeks of September 12 and 19
  • Weeks of November 7 and 14
  • Weeks of January 2 and 30
Detailed information about these events is released approximately one month prior to each event and can be found here.


  • Teacher Leader Library: Catalog of all Teacher Leader event materials and session presentations
  • Virtual ELA Book Clubs: The Virtual Book Clubs are grade-specific, prerecorded webinars that prepare teachers to teach the unit plans from the ELA guidebook.
  • Edmodo Online Collaboration Site: This free site facilitates conversations and the sharing of resources among Louisiana Teacher Leaders.
  • Teacher Leader Newsletter: This monthly newsletter spotlights achievements from classrooms, shares the newest available resources and details monthly training opportunities. Click here to sign up for the newsletter.