Educators for High Standards

Educator Voice Opportunities: Teacher Champions, Aim High Fellowship

States with Educator Voice Opportunities: Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming

Educators for High Standards amplifies teacher voice about how to improve public education through a commitment to high standards for teaching and learning. In 2016, the initiative provided communications and advocacy training to Teacher Champions across 20 states. To deepen Teacher Champions’ knowledge and dedication to speaking out in support of high quality standards, assessments and teaching, teachers were prepared to design and implement their own state­-based communications projects in conjunction with other state­-based efforts. In state teams, teachers developed a state network of education advocates and received resources to implement their projects. Additionally, Educators for High Standards supported teachers in writing about their profession through multiple media outlets.

In order to encourage sustained teacher involvement in the ESSA process, Educators for High Standards gathered perspectives from more than 800 teachers and teacher advocacy leaders for a recent report, Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA: An Eagerness to Engage and Be Heard.

Through the Aim High Fellowship, Educators for High Standards partners with successful teachers who will amplify their voices through partnerships with athletes, and share a product that will benefit other educators and their students.

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

Our teachers are equipped to write and share about high quality learning and assessments. Many of our teachers have presented at in state conferences as well as national conferences such as NNSTOY and ASCD Empower.

Many Teacher Champions create relationships with local and state policy makers to share the impact of high quality standards in the classroom. Teachers in Wyoming, Michigan and Kentucky have projects aligned to bringing teachers and legislators to the policy making table through bringing legislators to school and building relationships with legislators that are student-centered.

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

The stories teachers share from the classroom regarding high quality teaching and learning are invaluable. It is important to help teachers share narratives from the classroom; take the time to listen and learn from high quality educators.

Resources:

http://www.educatorsforhighstandards.org/

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