What is IGNITE?
IGNITE is Idaho’s Growing Network of Inspired and Thriving Educators. This statewide group is focused on providing relevant and timely professional support to Idaho educators who are recent graduates or who are transitioning from another career.
Comprised of recent early career educators, IGNITE offers pertinent professional development, social functions, and one-on-one mentoring to Idaho’s newest generation of great public school teachers. These opportunities occur throughout the year, giving early career educators a professional community that grows with them.
This is not a series of professional development weekends; it is a continual promise of mentorship and support for educators during the earliest (and frequently most stressful) time in their profession. Given the current 20% turnover bubble and teacher pipeline shortage, the IEA recognizes that new educators deserve as much support as possible as they enter this challenging and deeply rewarding profession.
IGNITE is making news around the state. Watch a feature story about IGNITE from KLEW-TV in Lewiston.
Through its mentorship program, IGNITE empowers early career educators to lead their profession both in and outside the classroom. Mentors from each area of the state are matched with early career teachers to help them through classroom difficulties and help them find their voice in public education.
Early career educators across the state have used the IGNITE program to grow by speaking at local school board meetings, contacting local legislators about education concerns, attending school district negotiations, sharing why public education is important to those outside the education community, utilizing NEA resources for the classroom, and working with the local PTO to meet the needs of students.