State Teacher Fellowships
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:
- 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 created with the involvement and input of educators
- Serve as a local spokespersons for teachers’ ideas and perspectives, including writing op-eds and letters to the editor
- Meet directly with leading policymakers to help them understand teacher views and to present teacher-generated solutions around educator evaluation systems
- Collaborate with other Hope Street Group State Fellows to develop strategies to encourage and expand teacher involvement in policy and advocacy activities in their respective states
- Initiate, moderate and analyze online and in-person teacher discussions about education issues and use this information to develop policy recommendations
We are pleased to announce a new state program for educators in Hawaii beginning in April 2014.
Applications will be accepted until Thursday, May 15, 2014. For more information about the fellowship and to apply, please click "apply here." If you have any questions, please contact our Deputy Director of Teacher Engagement, Wendy Uptain at email@example.com.
For the 2014-2015 school year, we are seeking applicants from districts and counties that do not yet have a Kentucky Teacher Fellow. In particular, we are looking for teachers or instructional coaches from Mason, Robertson, Fleming, Bath, Fayette, Pike, Lloyd, Magoffin, Knott, Letcher, Knox, Bell, Whitley, Laurel, Casey, Marion, Taylor, Green, Adair, Barrne, Warren, Edmonson, Butler, and Grayson.
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, April 30, 2014. For more information about the fellowship and to apply, please click "apply here." If you have any questions, please contact our Deputy Director of Teacher Engagement, Wendy Uptain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Teacher Fellowship
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
National Teachers Fellows serve as local and national spokespeople for educators' ideas and perspectives. They have opportunities to learn about other state reform efforts; learn media skills and receive support in writing blog posts, op-eds, and letters to the editor; meet directly with leading policymakers to share teacher views and to present educator-generated solutions; and receive invitations to national educator voice events.
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)
The application for the 2014 National Teacher Fellows Program closed on Friday, November 15, 2013. If you are interested in applying for the 2015 National Teacher Fellowship, please be sure to check back with us in early Fall 2014. If you have any questions about the National Teacher Fellowship or would like to sign up to receive the latest information about the Fellowship, please send an email to email@example.com.