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Announcing the Educate78 Teacher Advisory Group

Teacher Advisory Group      December, 2015     
Here at Educate78 we’re on a mission: To ensure that every student, in all 78 square miles of Oakland, has access to a world-class public school. We hope to do this by accelerating the design of high-quality schools, engaging families, and supporting our city’s educators.

We know that Oakland has “MVP” teachers… We want teachers like these to feel supported, valued and celebrated, and we want them to enjoy fulfilling careers serving Oakland public school students.

We know that Oakland has “MVP” teachers: those who enable each and every child to achieve his or her potential, who always go above-and-beyond, and who beautifully “conduct a symphony of human development” every day (as former rocket-scientist-turned-teacher Ryan Fuller so eloquently described teaching[1]). You may be one of these teachers, or you may know a few. We want teachers like these to feel supported, valued and celebrated, and we want them to enjoy fulfilling careers serving Oakland public school students.
Educate78 is committed to helping Oakland become a city unparalleled in its efforts to attract, develop, retain and celebrate teachers. And we believe that we need teachers’ insights in order to invest our resources wisely to meet this goal.
So, we are creating the Educate78 Teacher Advisory Group, which will help us decide how to use our resources to support teachers, advocate for teacher-friendly policies, and create an ecosystem in which educators flourish professionally and personally. Over the past few months, we’ve talked to lots of teachers, and are excited to consider ideas including a city-wide teacher survey, a grants program to directly fund teachers’ ideas, an online platform for policy recommendations, and a campaign to celebrate Oakland teachers. We are hoping that our Teacher Advisory Group will help flesh out these ideas, and make them – and other ideas – a reality.
 Specifically, the Educate78 Teacher Advisory Group members will:
  • be part of a select and diverse group of thoughtful Oakland public school teachers discussing important issues and opportunities;
  • formulate specific recommendations for Educate78’s grant-making;
  • attend 6 advisory meetings (~3 hours each, monthly from January to June);
  • reach out broadly to other teachers to get their input for Advisory Group;
  • receive a $2,000 stipend for their expertise and participation; and
  • receive a $500 expense budget to cover the costs of outreach to solicit input from other teachers.

The Educate78 Teacher Advisory Group

We hope you will consider joining the Teacher Advisory Group, or passing along this opportunity to a great teacher in your community. To apply, please fill out the short application. Applications are due by Friday, January 8th, 2016. We’re looking forward to working with a diverse cross-section of Oakland teachers representing a range of experiences and perspectives to make Oakland a great place for educators!
[1] Smart, Skilled, and Striving: Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession. Center for American Progress, November 2015; https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/29080034/TeacherVision-report2.pdf


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