Our selective Fellowship prepares and supports top educators from all over the state to have a direct role in shaping education policy decisions in New York. We also help them build lasting relationships with policymakers and experts in the field of education. We believe that the more teachers and principals are at the table when education policy and legislation are being crafted, the better outcomes we will accomplish for the state, its students, teachers, community, and beyond.
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Policy Fellow Jenn Chernis proposes acknowledging the contributions the teacher assistants make to our schools, to our children, and to the profession of educating our children by providing 60% credit for their service toward maintaining their teacher certification.
Educator Voice Fellow Dana McDonough writes about her experience asking her students what they carried in their "invisible backpacks."
Educator Voice Fellow Ingrid Lafalaise writes about racial biases in the classroom.
Policy Fellow Mark Anderson writes about the need to diversify schools in New York.
Educator Voice Fellow Ann Rose Santoro writes about strengthening New York's standards and the work of Commissioner Elia in ensuring all voices were heard in the process.
Educator Voice Fellow Mariana Lara Lennon writes about the importance of parent involvement.
By Fellow Robert Messia
By Fellow Bobson Wong
New York Fellows contributed to a policy brief on the importance of high standards. To reach their full potential, all New York State students—especially those who are starting furthest behind—need to be taught to high academic standards and their teachers need the tools and resources to get them there.
Fellow Mariana Lara-Lennon shares a personal story of inclusion.
Fellow Amber Chandler examines the benefits of differentiating discipline in schools.
Fellow Jason Breslin writes why education must be a consideration when voting this November.
Fellow Lisa DiGaudio shares how high standards help her over-aged and under-credited students.
As part of the Fellowship's Bring Your Legislator to School Day initiative, Fellow Jenn Steimle hosted Assemblyman Dan Stec at her school to celebrate the school's 20th anniversary.
Bobson Wong teaches geometry, algebra II, and Advanced Placement statistics at a high school in Queens. He is also a Math for America master teacher and served on the state’s committee to revise math standards.
“I want this revision to be a revitalization,” Rosario said. “The implementation of the new standards should be positive and should allow teachers to take ownership of what they do in the classroom.”
"I humbly ask the Board of Regents, Commissioner Elia, and Governor Cuomo to reconsider removing text complexity. In pursuing the equitable education of today, do not consign our bright students to the agony of a dim future," writes New York Fellow Luciano D'Orazio on the state's revised standards.
New York Fellow Mark Anderson reviews the revised New York Learning Standards.
New York Fellows Teresa Ranieri, Leah Brunski, and Darlene Cameron contributed to a policy brief released by Education Trust about how New York State should use the opportunities and levers in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to set clear expectations that our education system must raise achievement for all students, focus attention and resources on the full range of student
groups, and insist on prompt action when schools do not meet expectations.
Writes New York Fellow John McCrann, "We should empower low income districts to commit to the kinds of deep learning experiences that middle and high income families self-fund."
"Forgetting to set a place at the table for us is like having a feast with no main course, a wedding with no couple, a haircut with no hair."
New York Fellow Ann Rose Santoro writes, "Teachers and administrators must understand that it is time to redefine trust through collaborative relationships; after all, if current trust isn’t working, do we really want more of a failed commodity? We don’t."
New York Policy Fellow Leah Brunski writes about her work bringing her experience on the frontlines of teaching and learning to the lawmakers who shaped our schools
It was only by accident that New York Fellow Amanda Zullo became an educator, but President Barack Obama is willing to stand behind her work.
A teacher who learned to lead from Mattituck’s classrooms has taken a role on the national stage as a fellow in a program run by the United States Department of Education.
New York Fellow Lisa DiGaudio advocates for alternative accountability measures for at-risk teens.
New York Fellow Darlene Cameron on social justice and education policy.
Program Manager Mary Conroy Almada talks about the work of the New York Educator Voice Fellowship.
New York Fellow John McCrann advocates for better family leave policies.