The Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship is an opportunity for Louisiana's most future-thinking educators to learn about the rapidly changing economy and co-create a new generation of curricular resources that inspire students to prepare themselves for success in the world of work.

The Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship is seeking teachers, counselors, principals, and district leaders to work with state leaders and industry experts to learn about the shifts in the Louisiana economy and changing set of skills, competencies, knowledge, and preparation that students need to be successful in the 21st Century.

Participants in the Fellowship will use their knowledge of the changing economy and their professional expertise to help create a new career readiness course, which will be piloted in the 2018-19 school year and phased in across the state (to replace Journey to Careers) by 2020-21.  

To learn more about the 24 Louisiana educators selected for the Fellowship visit the Our Fellows page. 

About the Louisiana Fellowship

Over the course of 16 months (September 2017 to December 2018), Louisiana Fellows will learn about the changing economy to develop a suite of new, inclusive career readiness curricular resources that will serve all students in the state.

Who participates in the Fellowship?

The Fellowship consists of a diverse group of Louisiana educators who have experience developing career readiness courses, programs, or resources for Louisiana students from all backgrounds and who are passionate about innovative pedagogy and embedding student learning in real world settings. 

Learning objectives

Through a series of in-state and nation-wide site visits, seminars, and readings, Louisiana Fellows will:

  • Deepen knowledge and understanding of the changing nature of work and the changing set of skills, competencies, knowledge, and preparation needed to succeed in good jobs in Louisiana;
  • Understand and be able to support a comprehensive approach to improving students’ career readiness, including through the development of a new career readiness course and sequence for high school students;
  • Become champions for their students, as well as practices and policies to better support effective implementation of Jump Start initiatives and other best practices in their schools and communities; 
  • Establish a statewide professional learning community of educators committed to improving students’ career readiness.

The Project

The Fellows' project of developing new career readiness curricular resources will include: 

  • Reviewing Louisiana best practices (Jump Start regional teams like the Capital Region, Gulf River Parishes and Northwest Louisiana;  YouthForce NOLA and Delta Workforce Ready);
  • Analyzing the new requirements of work, including through visits to industry sites in Louisiana and nationally;
  • Reviewing Career Readiness programs and resources across the country and internationally; 
  • Collaborating to integrate “best practices” existing resources with newly-created resources and curricula that reflect the employment and life opportunities relevant to Louisiana students;
  • Developing policy recommendations to support the best implementation of these career readiness resources in schools across the state.


  • Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend for their work 
  • Fellows will attend all-expenses-paid visits to industry sites inside and outside Louisiana that highlight the changing economy and nature of work in the 21st Century
  • Fellows will form working relationships with other future-looking educators and leaders in government and industry
  • Fellows will receive training to help develop their leadership and communication skills to enable them to have an effective seat at the table with decision makers and to effectively support statewide efforts to implement the curricula
  • Fellows will be recognized for their role in creating these career readiness resources


The strength of the Fellowship community and the quality of the career readiness course will depend on Fellows’ active involvement throughout the duration of this program. In addition to the work days, site visits, and seminars, Fellows will be expected to contribute 0-2 hours per week to virtual work streams. 

We understand that educators’ primary professional responsibility is to serve their students. We will make every effort to engage Fellows at convenient times with work expectations that are mindful of educators’ primary responsibilities.

Sample Fellowship Calendar

The specific dates for meetings and site visits will be finalized over the summer, and will be shared with finalists during the interview stage of the selection process.

  • Summer 2017: Apply and interview for the Fellowship
  • Sept. 2017 (two days): Program orientation, in-state site visit, and work time
  • Oct. 2017 (two days) : In-state site visit and work time
  • Nov. 2017: Virtual seminar
  • Jan. 2018 (two days): Work time
  • Feb. 2018 (two days): Work time
  • May 2018 (one day): Work time
  • Summer 2018 (two days): Work time
  • Fall 2018: Work time