As a RISE Fellow, you will learn about the biggest challenges facing Arizona’s public schools. Then, you will learn how you can tackle these problems to help change our schools. One pressing challenge is the quality of the education we are providing to our English Language Learners.
You see, for nearly two decades, English Language Learners were segregated from core classes because of a law requiring students to spend four hours a day in English-only instruction classrooms. This method led to poor outcomes -- students falling behind in reading and math and failing to graduate high school.
Earlier this year Stand for Children championed a historic piece of legislation that can improve the quality of education for nearly 85,000 ELL students in Arizona.
The good news is that this legislation will allow for greater flexibility. But our schools need support in making those changes. That’s where you come in and why your voice is so important.
To apply for the fellowship, complete and submit this form before October 30, 2019. We are looking for community members passionate about educational equity. You don’t have to be a perfect writer, polished public speaker, or educated advocate. Our staff will help guide you and give you the tools to help change the lives of our students. The application should take no longer than 20-30 minutes to complete. We look forward to learning more about you!
QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE:
Where will it be held?
During the initial phase of the fellowship, we will have 4 weekly sessions in Stand offices in downtown Phoenix, 649 N 4th Ave #A, Phoenix, AZ 85003. If you are from outside of the valley, we know transportation can be an issue. We will have the option to hold the sessions through internet conferencing.
When it will be held? During the initial phase of the fellowship, we will have 4 required two-hour sessions during the following dates: November 20th December 4th December 11th December 18th
As the fellowship progresses, we will transition from learning to action. We will apply some of the skills that we learned to engage our community and school administrators.
Why should I apply?
We are building a team of community advocates that can lead the support districts with this transition. This is an opportunity to learn about advocacy and local government, but ultimately you will become a champion for educational equity.
What will I get if I join the fellowship?
Our hope is that this fellowship gives you the tools to be able to lead in your community and local school district. You will learn from experts and gain insight into how education policy is made and actually works in the classroom. You learn effective community engagement tactics and will discover the power of using your personal story to communicate effectively with your community and local school administrators. You’ll leave the fellowship knowing that you were instrumental in helping 85,000 students to get the quality, inclusive education they deserve.
What's the commitment like?
We are looking for community members who can attend every training session. We understand this is a big commitment, but 85,000 students are counting on us!
How much does it cost?
This program is completely FREE! We believe parents and community members are the best advocates for their students. This fellowship will give you the tools and resources you need to lead. Access to a quality public education is a basic human right. Arizona’s kids deserve to have a quality education; their skin color, zip code, disability, and first language shouldn’t matter. Join us!