- Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
- Application Deadline: January 3rd
- Hiring Manager: Shannon Mitchell
Our nation’s history of racism and oppression has led to inequities across sectors of society, including education, leaving millions of students—including an overwhelming number of students of color and low-income students—unprepared for college, career, and life. While research shows that classroom teachers are the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement, their diverse voices are consistently left out of education policy decisions. For far too long, teachers have been treated as subjects of change rather than as agents of change.
Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of over 35,000 educators, united around a common set of values and principles for improving student learning and elevating the teaching profession. We work together to identify issues that impact our schools, create solutions to these challenges, and advocate for policies and programs that give all students access to a quality education.
What We Do:
Our Theory of Change is grounded in two long-term goals that are inextricably linked: better outcomes for our students and the elevation of the quality and prestige of the teaching profession. We achieve this by:
- Building a movement of forward-thinking teachers through grassroots organizing in communities across the country
- Identifying and training teacher leaders within that broader movement to take on key positions of influence in their schools, districts, states, and perhaps most importantly, within their teachers unions
- Creating teacher-led policy recommendations in order to bridge the divide between policymakers and the classroom
- Advocating for implementation of teacher-generated policy ideas
- Scaling this model to reach critical mass in the communities we serve and across the country
Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.
E4E-Minnesota (E4E-MN) leads state-level advocacy campaigns to increase teacher diversity, end racial disparities in discipline, improve teacher preparation, and increase teacher leadership opportunities. Over the years, teachers have successfully passed teacher-generated policy solutions into law by testifying in committee, meeting with legislators, and signing petitions to advocate for change. As E4E-MN is increasingly more focused on education issues at the district level, we're seeking the skills and passion of someone to serve as an Advocacy Fellow(s) carrying out our state-level campaigns.
This role was created from the generosity of a grant that has allowed us to bring on short-term help to drive our current campaigns. As such, the length and hours associated with this contract are flexible and we look forward to learning more about your preferences in the application questions and in future conversations.
The advocacy fellow(s) will be responsible for executing the strategy for E4E-MN’s state-level issue campaigns during the 2020 legislative session by doing the following:
- Elevate teacher voices: Organize E4E educator members across district and charter schools to:
- Advocate on state level issues to key decision-makers, including state legislators, the Minnesota Department of Education, Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, and more
- Contribute to communications strategy, including authoring blogs, op-eds, social media, and digital advocacy.
- Assist with campaign execution and communication: (1) Monitor legislation and committee meetings; (2) assist in meeting preparation for educators; (3) prepare communications for legislators to further our advocacy campaigns; and (4) Communicate with members about the campaigns.
- Facilitate coalition work: Attend existing coalition meetings, help plan and lead emerging coalition work on advocacy campaigns.
- Analyze teacher and principal quality policy: Explore and outline upcoming opportunities and threats beyond this list on state issues related to teacher quality, principal quality, and equitable school funding.
- A person who has a strong desire to disrupt the status quo and advocate for student-centered policy changes that address inequities in our educational system;
- A current educator or someone who has previous teaching experience;
- Someone with an ability to engage and organize educators to take action to create a more equitable education system. Ideally you have a network of fellow educators to engage;
- A self-starter who can take a project or component of the campaign plan and run with it;
- A person who collaborates well, seeks feedback and incorporates input from the E4E-MN team; and
- Available to work full or part-time (hours will be determined by the needs of the Advocacy Fellow(s)).
Please submit an application before our application deadline of January 3rd. After applying, you'll receiving an email invitation to complete your application by recording a quick video introduction where you will answer the following three questions:
- What are your scheduling preferences?
- What experiences, skills or mindsets do you have that you feel would benefit you in your role as the Advocacy Fellow?
- What is your personal connection to the work of E4E?
Don't want to wait for the email? Feel free to submit video questions HERE