Educator Voice Opportunities: Educator Board
Texas Aspires launched its Educator Board in 2017. The inaugural cohort includes educators from across the state who share Texas Aspires’ belief that policy and advocacy can be effective tools to transform the education system.
Educator Board members serve in an advisory and advocacy capacity to provide a critical perspective on Texas Aspires’ policy agenda and to champion policies that would benefit their students and schools.
What have been your organization’s biggest accomplishments while exploring educator voice work?
Our Educator Board functions in an advisory capacity for the organization – they work with us to think through policies that will affect their students and classrooms and then advocate for those policies at the state legislature. Currently, our teachers are preparing policy proposals surrounding teacher pay and our accountability system in advance of the coming legislative session.
Although our board has only been in existence for less than a year, our teachers have gotten quality time with key legislative members in the Capitol and in their district. When they testify, they are often the only current teacher voice weighing in on an issue, which has allowed us to successfully advocate for policies.
What advice do you have for other advocacy organizations thinking about engaging educators?
Working with a statewide board in a place as big as Texas requires significant strategic thinking on the front end. Allowing our teachers to opt-in to different policy and advocacy activities allows them to participate in ways that feel meaningful to them.
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.