Teacher Fellowships

State Teacher Fellowships

Overview

Hope Street Group has seen firsthand the power teacher input and voice data can have on shaping education policy. Involvement of teachers is essential because they are directly impacted by the decisions made. A system created without their input and support will struggle and most likely fail over time. The Hope Street Group State Teacher Fellows are classroom teachers and instructional coaches from around the state who are leaders among their peers and who want to contribute their ideas and expertise to help shape state and local policy. They participate in meaningful online and in-person dialogue with other outstanding educators to share their experiences with reform and advocate for education policy changes.

State Teachers Fellows serve as local spokespeople for educators' ideas and perspectives. They have opportunities to broaden their understanding of state reform efforts; learn media skills; and receive continuous support in writing blog posts, op-eds, and letters to the editor. They meet directly with state policymakers to share the views of educators and to present educator-generated solutions. They also participate in statewide and national events for teachers engaged in teacher voice work.

State Teacher Fellow duties include, but are not limited to:

Build and establish a network of teachers in order to initiate, moderate, and analyze online and in-person teacher discussions about education issues to develop policy recommendations.

  • Act as an ambassador of Hope Street Group’s education mission to transform the teaching profession and improve outcomes for students through innovative policy solutions that are created with the involvement and input of educators;
  • Serve as a local spokesperson for teachers’ ideas and perspectives, including writing op-eds and letters to the editor;
  • Meet directly with policymakers to help them understand teacher views and to present teacher-generated solutions on key state education policy issues; and
  • Collaborate with Hope Street Group Teacher Fellows in other states to develop strategies to encourage and expand teacher involvement in policy and advocacy activities in their respective states.

New York

Over the course of the 2014-15 academic year, New York State Teacher Fellows will gather educator perceptions around teacher and principal leadership opportunities and career ladder pathways to help inform the development of recommendations that will be delivered to NYSED. Career ladder pathways harness the potential of educators to transform teaching and learning by providing diverse leadership opportunities that help to recruit, develop, retain, and provide equitable access to educators who consistently impact the field and drive student achievement. Applicants with interest and experience in teacher leadership and/or career ladder pathways are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
We are now accepting applications for the New York State Teacher Fellows program. For more information about the Fellowship and to apply please click the button below. Applications are due by Friday, November 14, 2014.
 

Hawaii

The application for the Hawaii Teacher Fellows Program is now closed. Meet our 2014 cohort of Hawaii Teacher Fellows here.

If you have any questions about the Teacher Fellowship or would like to sign up to receive the latest information about the Fellowship, please send an email to fellowship@hopestreetgroup.org.

Kentucky

The application for the Kentucky Teacher Fellows Program is now closed. Meet our 2014 cohort of Kentucky Teacher Fellows here.

If you have any questions about the Teacher Fellowship or would like to sign up to receive the latest information about the Fellowship, please send an email to fellowship@hopestreetgroup.org.

 

 

National Teacher Fellowship

Overview

Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellows are classroom teachers and instructional coaches who are leaders among their peers and who want to contribute their ideas and expertise in helping shape national policy. They participate in meaningful online and in-person dialogue with other outstanding educators from across the country to share about their experiences with reform and advocate for education policy changes, focusing on educator effectiveness.

Impact

The National Teacher Fellowship program is carefully designed and scaffolded to help educators learn new skills and provide them with the tools they need to advocate for local and national policy changes. National Teacher Fellows work with district and state leaders, as well as their colleagues to develop strategic, practical solutions to address a myriad of public policy challenges related to education.

To date, our Fellows have met with U.S. senators and representatives as well as national policy leaders, such as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. They have attended national educator convenings, including NBC’s Education Nation, and they have been featured in local newspapers and in national newspapers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and Education Weekly. 



Hear what our Fellows have to say about their experiences.

Hope Street Group has given me the unique opportunity to delve deeper into the policies attached to Teacher Evaluation. I have not only had a platform to speak about my experiences and viewpoint as an educator, but I have built relationships with my district leaders that have resulted in crucial conversations around teacher effectiveness.



- Brittany Clark, Memphis, TN (2012 Teacher Fellow)



As a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow, I've been given the unique opportunity to scale my impact as a teacher leader. HSG has provided for me the space to work, the support to engage other educators, and the belief that my perspectives as an on-the-ground educator matter. 



- Greg Mullenholz, Montgomery Co, MD (2013 Teacher Fellow)



Because of my participation in HSG, I have had the opportunity to both fine tune my opinions about teacher evaluation on the state level, and encourage and engage in a dialogue about evaluation in a meaningful and national way. I am able to spark these discussions with stakeholders and media here in Louisiana, and feel that my voice as a teacher is heard on a national platform. Perhaps most significantly, HSG has brought me into contact with a group of like-minded individuals, who all believe that an effective teacher is the key to unlocking a child's potential.


- Kaycee Eckhardt, New Orleans, LA (2011 Teacher Fellow)

Application Information
If you are interested in applying for the 2015 National Teacher Fellowship, please be sure to check back with us in late winter 2015. If you have any questions about the National Teacher Fellowship or would like to sign up to be notified when the application opens, please send an email to fellowship@hopestreetgroup.org.

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