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's education faculty. It links 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.

We work 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.

ACEs Conference is Aug. 14

Our Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) conference is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14 in Glenn Carlson Hall, River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud.

Keynote speaker is Jim Sporleder, a consultant on reducing school suspensions, increasing graduation rates and growing the number of students pursuing post-secondary education. Visit his website. 

The conference focus for 2018 is "Resilience: The Science of Hope-Promoting Postive PL-ACES."

A former educator in Washington state, Sporleder is a husband, father and grandfather.

His work at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla is the subject of the 2015 film documentary "Paper Tigers."  

Registration deadline is July 31.


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.