Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles

Educator Voice Opportunities: Teacher Policy Teams

Educators for Excellence works to ensure that the voices of classroom teachers are included in the decisions that affect their profession and students. E4E teachers take action in three main ways: advocating for teacher leadership and collaboration at their schools, pushing for policies at the district and state level that include E4E teacher-­created recommendations, and getting involved with their unions to ensure their opinions are represented.

E4E-Los Angeles teachers work in Los Angeles and throughout southern California to elevate the teaching profession and improve student outcomes. Their most recent campaign centered on increasing the time early-career teachers have to hone their craft and demonstrate effectiveness before being granted or denied tenure, with additional targeted support prioritizing teachers who have promise but struggle to get their footing in the teaching profession.

In past years, E4E-Los Angeles teacher teams released policy papers on teacher evaluations, teacher retention, school climate, teacher leadership pathways, teacher compensation, the Common Core State Standards, and teacher tenure.

What have been your organization’s biggest accomplishments while exploring educator voice work?

E4E-LA teachers have advocated for changes to staffing, funding, professional development and other policy and implementation plans. Since launching, their policy recommendations on teacher evaluation have been incorporated into changes that make teacher evaluation more rooted in observations of practice, goal setting, student progress and aligned to teaching and learning standards; their recommendations on improving school climate and discipline approaches have resulted in the passage of union policy motions focused on improving professional development and endorsing restorative approaches to discipline; and their efforts to create career pathways to leverage and retain our most impactful teachers has resulted in the creation of leadership pathways and positions in a portfolio of high-needs district schools.

What advice do you have for other advocacy organizations thinking about engaging educators?

Teachers are often told how to think or not to think, but to just pipe down and implement the policy flavor of the day. Teachers are not often given the opportunity to transform concerns or frustrations into policy solutions. Bring teachers to the table, ask them to diagnose problems, conduct and explore research to see an issue from several vantage points and then enable teachers to broadcast their solutions. What teachers propose will be innovative, refreshing and rooted in teacher practice.

Resources:

https://e4e.org/chapters/los-angeles

Recent Priorities

The topics below represent this member’s recent priorities, as they’ve reported through the annual PIE Network legislative and policy survey. If no priorities are listed, this member is new to the Network and/or has not yet participated in this survey. For much greater detail about all PIE Network members’ recent campaigns, members can access the PIE Network Policy Map here. If you have questions on the PIE Network legislative and policy survey or the Policy Map, contact Lukas.

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