TPF Blog: Leading From The Classroom

Stay Up-To-Date on What the Current Cohort of Teacher Policy Fellows is Working On

Since September 2017, the 5th Cohort of Teacher Policy Fellows have engaged in learning about education policy making in Oakland and the foundation and vision of two GO campaigns, Budgeting for Impact and 1Oakland. They are now taking action as leaders in these campaigns.

Over the remainder of their Fellowship, we’ll be rolling out blogs that will help the community learn about the experiences of these passionate educators and how to join in advocating for Oakland students!

Check back frequently to follow their journey!


1. Beyond Complaining: Oakland Educators Advocate for Transparent Budget Practices and Increased Teacher Involvement

You’ve heard the stories or perhaps even experienced them if, like us, you’re a teacher… We are interested, however, in outlining specific, ongoing challenges facing Oakland’s budget and, importantly, what we plan to do and how you can help us.

2. Educational Inequity Will Persist Without District-Charter Collaboration: Why All Teachers are Needed to Create 1Oakland

Often the few opportunities teachers have to collaborate across schools or networks are focused on pedagogy. Yet, every day teachers bear witness to the larger systemic issues facing their students. If city-wide changes will be made to better serve students, we need district and charter teachers to come share their expertise.

3. A Tale of Two Teachers & One Conclusion

Teachers, united in their passion for serving students, carry unique experiences and perspectives that influence their practices in the classroom. A school district in need of new budget practices that are sustainable and better meet the needs of students should embrace the voices of teachers and their diverse range of expertise. Read about two of these diverse teacher voices and the budget framework for which they advocate

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