Ignite Center


Ignite Center

Ignite Center is a unique, continually developing partnership.

Today, it is the connector between preschool through 12th grade teachers in Minnesota's school districts and St. Cloud State University's education faculty. It seeks to link development of reliable learning assessments and new teaching strategies.

We work to support and create networks for new teachers, experienced teacher-mentors and students who want to be teachers.

We promote professional learning opportunities, and we offer opportunities for students, educators in the classroom and faculty on the St. Cloud State campus to collaborate to find the most successful tools and strategies for education.

Our work occurs on several fronts, with:

  • Students who want to be teachers.
  • Teachers in their first three years of classroom work.
  • Experienced educators looking to develop professional leadership skills.
  • School districts working to improve teacher retention, assessment and learning outcomes.
  • University faculty looking to expand their knowledge of education through collaborative professional development and research.

We are seeking new districts, schools and educators to join our learning communities.



We are thrilled to announce that Jim Sporleder, the author of The Trauma Informed School has been added as the keynote speaker for the the SCSU Ignite Center's Second Annual ACES Conference.  His school was featured in the documentary, Paper Tigers. Jim will be sharing his inspirational message and specific strategies related to trauma-informed practices in his keynote and two breakout sessions offered at the conference.

Resilience: The Science of Hope-Promoting Positive PL-ACES

8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 - REGISTER HERE

Second Annual Mental Health Conference focusing on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) awareness.

Announcing our Second Annual ACEs Conference

Announcing: Jim Sporleder will be the keynote speaker at the St. Cloud State Ignite Center second annual "Resilience: The Science of Hope-Promoting Postive PL-ACES" conference.


John Eller photo

John Eller, Ph.D

This is how we do that

  • Resources

    Looking for ideas, inspiration and connections that will improve your teaching and your students' learning?
  • Workshops

    Our workshop series provides insight, support and tools for new teachers dealing with the challenges of the classroom.
  • Memberships

    In our member districts of Holdingford, Monticello, Rocori, and Cambridge Isanti, we offer coaching, training and assessment tools, enabling them to retain teachers, improve teaching strategies and meet standards.