Update: The application for the GO Teacher Policy Fellowship is currently closed. Thank you for your interest.
As a classroom teacher, it is difficult to pinpoint all of the moving parts that shape the day with your students. You can feel the effects of policies, but may not know exactly how to improve them. You begin to hear about plateauing state funding, unstable enrollment at district schools, balancing budgets, prioritizing resources, and the beginning of a collective bargaining negotiation period between OUSD and the teacher’s union (OEA). You might be asking yourself two questions; “Where can I learn more about these issues?” and “What can I do to ensure that OUSD’s policies lead to a great education for my students?”
As I learned 4 years ago, the GO Teacher Policy Fellowship can help you answer these questions and support you in taking action on the issues that are important to you and your students.
During the fellowship, teachers will have the opportunity to get a broader view of the entire system and learn, listen, think, and lead to help the Oakland Unified School District come up with solutions to the issues before us. You’ll be working collaboratively with other teachers to:
- Learn: about the education landscape in Oakland, what policies are made at the district-, state-, and national- level, and who influences Oakland education policy.
- Listen: to other educators about the issues affecting them and their students.
- Think: with your cohort to synthesize what you’ve heard, look for trends to focus your research, and consider best practices in order to write policy that can help solve the problem for Oakland.
- Lead: organize fellow educators to advocate for policy change using a framework informed by the PICO organizing model.
As we reflect on history, it becomes apparent that significant change takes time and continued advocacy. There is much that one needs to learn before they can jump into action in Oakland. This is why the GO Teacher Policy Fellowship is now a 2 year opportunity.
- Year 1 of the Fellowship will have an emphasis on understanding education policy making in Oakland-what has come before us, who are the changemakers, what are the major issues facing our city right now? Fellows will receive a $1500 stipend for participation in the first year of the fellowship.
- Year 2 will have an emphasis on creating a policy advocacy project and using community organizing techniques to reach a common goal. Fellows will receive a $2000 stipend for participation in the second year of the fellowship.
- Through both years of the Fellowship, we will meet twice a month for two hour sessions, and dedicate time in between sessions to readings, research, or actions towards the advocacy project.
The application window has closed for 2017. Please check back in Spring 2018 – and if you have questions please reach out to our Manager of Educator Community, Angela Badami-Knight.
Know an Oakland teacher who might be a good fit? Nominate a Fellow and we’ll reach out and invite them to apply!