During summer vacation, educators across the country are hard at work completing professional development, preparing classrooms for the upcoming school year, and, in some cases, engaging in advocacy opportunities. Several Network members have recently launched new opportunities—or new cohorts—of fellowships, councils, and other programs that create space for educators to help shape the future of their profession. Below are just a few examples of members’ efforts to engage educators in policy.
Educators for Excellence-Chicago recently recruited educators for their first-ever fellowship, Agents of Change. During the 11-month experience, fellows will work to develop actionable policy recommendations in one of five policy areas highlighted in the E4E-Chicago issue guide, Ask an Educator: Priority Issues for Chicago’s Classrooms: educator voice, supports for diverse learners, wages and benefits, school funding, and educator mental health supports. Learn more about the opportunity through the fellowship brochure.
The Education Trust-West’s first ever Educator Advisory Council will launch during the 2019-2020 school year. Through the Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship, high school journalism teacher Kim Vinh is leading the creation of the council while serving as a practice fellow at EdTrust-West. From August to May, the council members will explore P-12 issues and politics, provide feedback on EdTrust-West projects and legislative positions, and advocate for educational justice in their communities. Find more details here.
The Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship, a partnership between Teach Plus, The Rennie Center, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, brings together Massachusetts educators to review the state’s curricular alignment and implementation. Participants will develop guidance for schools and districts on selecting high-quality, aligned core curricular materials. Learn more here.
Interested in learning more? Check out more than 20 examples of educator voice efforts across the Network, including advice for advocacy organizations thinking about engaging educators, at the recently updated Educator Voice Opportunities page.