Ignite Core Instruction is designed to help students increase their active cognitive engagement and critical thinking skills, which are necessary to attain to the rigor of the new academic standards and skills necessary to thrive in the new economy. The path they take to get there is illustrated below.


In the traditional classroom, teachers often work harder than their students, the teacher’s voice is typically heard more than students, and students tend to be more passively compliant in their learning.


Student voices grow, and student evidences reveal increased mastery of standards as teachers transition their classrooms to more student-centered routines.


All team members own each other's learning goals and engage in peer tutoring to ensure each member achieves rigorous standards as teachers release greater responsibility to academic teams.

The Ignite Core Instruction PD series empowers teachers to increase student ownership and cognitive engagement, which is proven to raise student achievement and make teaching more enjoyable.

Ignite blends training, coaching, and a suite of classroom and leadership tools to produce sustainable transformations (with visible next-day results) in core instruction, and includes:

  • Practical, hands-on training where teachers leave with skills to use in their next-day lessons
  • Coaching for Implementation that connects the professional learning to immediate classroom actions to ensure next-day implementation results and builds the capacity of school-based coaches to help lead this work
  • School leader side-by-side coaching to build the vision, inspection and feedback skills necessary for the principal to support the focus on rigorous, student-centered core instruction
  • Real-time metrics to help lead and support classroom implementation, including:
    • LSI Standards Tracker, which helps teachers focus on evidence of standards in core instruction and monitor student progress through examination of student evidences
    • LSI Growth Tracker, which empowers teachers, coaches, and professional learning communities (PLCs) with the tools and metrics to see video examples, facilitate peer support, and award micro-credentials for teachers showing implementation evidence for their classrooms

Session Overviews

Every student—no matter their background—should have access to rigorous classroom instruction that helps them build the skills they need to need to succeed. LSI's PD is designed to empower teachers to progressively transform their classrooms into environments that are rigorous and equitable. Each session blends training, coaching and a suite of classroom and leadership tools – with visible next-day results.

PD Days

Forging a Vision

Learn about the vision of rigor and discuss instructional shifts in the classroom to implement that vision. In addition, learn how to plan tasks that lead students to the standards. Planning time is incorporated through the training to allow for next-day implementation.

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Igniting Student Ownership

Learn and plan to empower students to use Learning Targets and Success Criteria to own their learning, learn how to verify that learning is occurring as students work, and plan for effective student teaming structures to facilitate responsible academic student-to-student interaction.

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Engaging Productive Teams

Learn how to align small segments of a lesson to standards; support students to share their thinking with other students as they work; and support academic conversations.

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Building Team Ownership

Learn how to scaffold tasks toward a Learning Target and plan how to monitor, verify, and support students who are not moving toward the Learning Target. Prepare for students to interact responsibly by sharing their thinking using evidence.

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Coaching Improvement

Coaching for Implementation

Coaching for Implementation connects the professional learning to immediate classroom actions to ensure next-day implementation results and builds the capacity of school-based coaches to help lead this work.

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Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching is an opportunity for principals and school leaders to optimize their skills and knowledge in order to impact teaching and learning. Through coaching, principals and school leaders clarify a vision for their schools and strengthen their personal capacities to lead and influence.

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Let's Talk About It!

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The best way to understand the amazing impacts and student gains that Ignite Core Instruction PD provides is to listen to and observe the students, teachers, and school leaders who’ve lived it. These first-hand accounts reveal the power that student-centered learning has on raising student achievement and creating more dynamic environments for learning.

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Integrated Technology Tools

To supplement the powerful PD of Ignite, LSI offers a robust suite of digital and online tools to help teachers and school leaders maximize their investment and ensure even deeper, more meaningful implementation and ease of use. They include:

LSI Standards Tracker helps teachers clarify success criteria and ensure students are at the heart of learning by giving you the ability to set and track specific standards-based learning targets and monitor progress in real time.

LSI Growth Tracker records activities and monitors professional growth automatically—cutting out all the extra legwork of paper trails and post-meeting paperwork so you can concentrate on what really counts—student growth.


Who Moved My Standards?

Think it’s impossible to get teachers excited about rigorous, standards-driven instruction? Michael D. Toth’s touching parable in Who Moved My Standards? will reignite the joy of teaching and show how strong teams can tackle the tough work of meeting new standards.

The result: Students soar to new heights of achievement. With a dynamic framework for change, Toth doesn’t just leave you with dilemmas and theories. He helps you tackle shifting standards and boost teacher morale like a pro.