August 15, 2013

Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles welcomes students and teachers back to school

Teacher-Led Organization Now Has More Than 2,700 Los Angeles Members Elevating Voices of Classroom Educators

Los Angeles (August 15, 2013) – Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles (E4E), a teacher-led education organization, welcomed students and teachers back to school for the 2013-2014 year. Guided by and for the teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), E4E will continue its critical work of highlighting the issues most important to educators and that positively impact their classrooms, professional careers and student achievement. With debates taking shape around a new funding formula, teacher evaluation implementation, Common Core and a competitive UTLA election, E4E members plan to play a significant role in shaping the direction of their school system. 

“It’s a critical time for students and teachers in Los Angeles to weigh in on how we can invest additional state and federal revenue in the kinds of changes that will empower teachers to elevate student achievement and their profession,” said Ama Nyamekye, Executive Director of E4E-LA, who also taught in public schools and prisons throughout the nation. “Our more than 2,700 members of E4E-LA are excited to elevate their voices to ensure that our district is providing the kind of investment and support teachers and students need to meet an increasingly higher bar." 

In the coming weeks, E4E - LA members will unveil the findings of a series of focus groups they conducted with teachers on the practices that are working—and not working—in their schools. They will also release a series of tools over the course of the school year to help educators successfully use the district's new teacher evaluation to keep growing professionally.  

These initiatives build upon two policy papers E4E – LA released in June to help recruit, empower and retain great educators. The first, “Building for the Future: Attracting and Retaining Great Teachers in Hard-to-Staff Schools,” set forth a number of proposals to help implement policies to attract and retain teachers in the classrooms. The second“STEP: Supporting Teachers as Empowered Professionals,” identifies strategies to both support new teachers and provide opportunities for excellent teachers to grow into leadership positions. 

Launched in December 2011, E4E-LA now has over 2,700 members teaching in more than 400 schools in Southern California. Nationally, E4E has more than 12,000 members nationwide.