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Educator Voice Fellowship


Inspire. Elevate. Influence.

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Educator Voice Fellowship


Inspire. Elevate. Influence.

OUR MISSION

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

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.

 

OUR 2016-2017 STATE FELLOWSHIPS


What We Do


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What We Do


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 and therefore should play a leading role in these conversations.

Though 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. Our highly-selective program provides teachers and principals a platform for sharing their perspectives about what’s working and how to make improvements in their schools.

Where We Work


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Where We Work


For the 2016-2017 School Year:

We have active State Fellowships in Colorado and New York.  

Two robust state networks have been built in Michigan and Tennessee.

The Fellowship network comprises over 500 educators in 34 states and D.C.

 

Bring Your Legislator to School Day


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Bring Your Legislator to School Day


We believe that in order to craft education policies that reflect the best interests of schools, teachers, and students, state policymakers need to understand how their decisions play out in the classroom.

Since there is no better way to learn what's really going on in a school than to visit it in person, the Fellowship launched Bring Your Legislator to School Day in 2015. Through this initiative, America Achieves Fellows invited state legislators to their classrooms for a day of shadowing, where they observed students and teachers in action and engage in conversations about pressing policy issues in their communities. Watch the above video to hear what Fellows and policymakers have learned through Bring Your Legislator to School Day. 

Fellows' Impact


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Fellows' Impact


Priority Issues and Examples of Impact


Assessments and Accountability

  • Fourteen Fellows authored a report, Why Assessments Matter, on how purposeful testing practices and the resulting data can support instruction, ensure equity, and inform stakeholders to become more active participants in a student’s education. Read the report here. 

  • In August 2015, 38 New York Educator Voice Fellows analyzed questions released from the 2015 New York State Testing Program Grades 3-8 and High School Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics tests. These teachers and principals evaluated the content of the assessments, whether the tests accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness, and whether they provide valid data to inform teachers’ practice and student learning. Read the report here. 

Academic Standards

  • New York Fellows were published in the New York Post for their "Passing the Common Core" series. Fellows wrote about their experiences with the standards in kindergarten, first grade, third grade, fifth grade, and seventh grade
  • Colorado Fellows supported high standards in their state through testifying in front of congress, writing op-eds, speaking at department of education meetings, participating in panel discussions, and using social media to advance the conversation. 

 

Access and Equity

  • In Colorado, Fellows have soared into the national spotlight with social media campaigns such as #IWishMyTeacherKnew. 
  • Fellows shaped the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a bedrock of federal education policy that  aims to ensure equity in public schools. Fellows' extensive work included advising nearly two dozen members of Congress and publishing several op-eds. Twenty-two Fellows traveled to Washington, D.C., to help elected  officials understand how components of the bill would affect teaching and learning in their schools. Fellows also published op-eds and participated  in interviews with the media to help educate the public on the issues. The final result, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is a bill that Fellows hope leads to better progress for supporting the needs of all, but especially  the most vulnerable, students.

  • The Black Male Educators Alliance and the Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) are wide-reaching groups working to attract and retain more Black male educators. Founded by our Fellows, BMEC has hosted five highly attended events with key leadership from the US DOE, and boasts a membership of 493.

Advancing the Profession

  • Fellows in Colorado, Michigan, and New York hosted policymakers in their schools as part of the Bring Your Legislator To School Day (BYLTSD) initiative. Legislators observed students and teachers engaged in instruction aligned with high standards, helping to close the gap between policy and practice.
  • In 2015-2016, a handful of Michigan Fellows built a coalition of educators and advocates, advised several key state legislators, and spoke several times in public hearings to shape new state laws regarding teacher evaluation, Next Generation Science Standards, and in-school use of social media by advising legislators and speaking at public hearings at the Capitol.