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Teach For America St. Louis Hosts "Lead in the Lou," An Education Conference Teach For America St. Louis Hosts "Lead in the Lou," An Education Conference

Teach For America St. Louis Hosts "Lead in the Lou," An Education Conference


Teach For America (TFA) St. Louis will convene leaders across the city, state, and nation to discuss key issues impacting K-12 education and workforce development in the St. Louis education landscape through “Lead in The Lou: The Intersection of Education and Human Capital,” on February 11 -12, 2022.  

“Lead in the Lou,” a signature event of TFA St. Louis, expects to attract an engaged and diverse audience of 100 education activists; legislators and policymakers; local school board members and candidates; district administrators; student and professional journalists interested in the St. Louis education landscape; and new and aspiring teachers looking for new skills and networks. This is the fourth event of its kind from TFA St. Louis. 

“Teach For America St. Louis hosts this event annually to further our goal of strengthening the region’s education infrastructure. This has been an especially challenging year for teachers, administrators, and education policymakers. ‘Lead in The Lou’ offers spaces and opportunities for leaders across our city and state to build their networks, engage in meaningful learning, and collaborate on strategies to meet those challenges,” said Elizabeth Bleier, TFA St. Louis Executive Director.

Participants can expect to end the weekend with an additional skill, a new idea, a story to tell, a job lead, a better network, and two meals. Some participants may also be able to receive professional or class credit for attendance. Several of the partner organizations will be using the event to identify and recruit leaders. 

The weekend event begins on Friday at 6 PM and concludes on Saturday at 1 PM. It will include two major panel discussions, six breakout sessions, and ten short presentations by partner organizations. Participants are allowed to build their own schedules, but registration is required. All sessions are free. Meals will be delivered to registrants. Event sessions and panels include discussions on interview preparation, networking, teaching to the needs of each student, nonprofit board membership, and trauma informed practices in teaching from the following St. Louis educators and leaders: 

Charles Burton | Chief Human Resources Officer, St. Louis Public Schools

Emily Dia | Partnerships Manager, Modern Classroom Project

Shalia Ford, Director | Leadership Programs, FOCUS St. Louis

Jana Haywood EdD | Principal, Ritenour High School 

Keisha Mabry Haymore (STL '10) | Director of Entrepreneurship, WePower

Gary Ritter | Dean of SLU School of Education

Rick Skinner | Vice President, Volunteer Center, United Way STL

Laura Vilines (STL '06) | Founder & Executive Director, St. Louis Teacher Residency

Robyn Wiens | Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Clayton School District

And Elizabeth Bleier (STL ’06) | Executive Director, Teach For America St. Louis

A Schedule of Events, a List of Participating Organizations, and a Registration Link are here:

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with 350 urban and rural communities across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders who make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, Teach For America is a force of over 64,000 alumni and corps members working in over 9,000 schools nationwide in pursuit of profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they are reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Richard Callow

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