Baton Rouge has emerged as a progressive innovator for improving education in the state of Louisiana. At Relay Baton Rouge, our graduate students join a strong community of professionals who are eager to practice, discuss, and apply their learning in service of children in the capital city and throughout Southern Louisiana.
As senior dean of Relay and founding dean of Relay Louisiana, Jennifer Francis oversees all aspects of teacher training in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and supports Relay deans in Memphis and Nashville. A Chicago native and alumna of Chicago Public Schools, Francis served as the principal of West Gary Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary, Indiana, before launching the Relay New Orleans campus in 2013. Francis earned a 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. Francis is currently a doctoral student at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.
In partnership with local public K-12 schools, Relay Baton Rouge will launch two programs in 2016. The Relay Teaching Residency: Baton Rouge is a two-year degree program that will provide future teachers with a gradual on-ramp into the profession, starting with a yearlong apprenticeship. The Teacher Certification program is a one-year certification program for current teachers that will lead to teacher certification in the state of Louisiana.