August 19, 2012

E4E-LA member Lisa Alva Wood blogs about EdPioneers experience

Original post in InterACT by Lisa Alva Wood.

On August 8, I finished a four-week Fellowship at LAUSD Central Offices.The program is sponsored by Education Pioneers, a national foundation that takes MBA candidates and Teach for America teachers and puts them into policy-level offices in school districts and connected organizations for a time. This is the first summer that Ed Pioneers and LAUSD included school-based people. There were five of us – four classroom teachers and a principal. Here’s what I learned:

Lesson One: You’re not alone. Yes you are. But you’re not! But you are.
Lesson Two: What a great idea! We’ve thought of that.
Lesson Three: We want to get out of the box, but the (red) tape is really sticky.
And the biggest lesson of all: We think we have to be political, but we don’t have to be.

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