We believe that educators who have helped students from all backgrounds succeed academically have an unmatched expertise about the ways that education policy affects teaching and learning. They should play a leading role in these conversations. Through our national network of statewide fellowship programs, we help educators learn how policy is made in their states, build their advocacy, communication, and leadership skills, and open doors for them to share their expertise to influence policy decisions.
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The Educator Voice Fellowship equips top teachers and principals to tap their classroom and school expertise to have an effective seat at the table and be co-architects of state and local education policy that raises standards for teaching and learning, makes public education more equitable, and elevates the teaching profession.
Our vision is for effective teachers and principals to be a central and non-negotiable part of any education advocacy campaign or policy-making process.
Founded in 2011, our work began as a national fellowship program to empower outstanding teachers and principals to leverage their in-school expertise to shape public conversations and policy decisions. In 2014, we launched a state-based strategy to provide deeper training and support to educators to elevate their voices on issues related to the implementation of college and career ready standards.
Now, as states grapple with how best to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, we are building on what we’ve learned to focus our strategy more deeply on advancing change in core policy issues in targeted states, starting with our Fellowships in Colorado and New York.