Louisiana Educator Advocacy Development Fellowship
Applications for the LEAD Fellowship are now open, the deadline to apply is November 5th, 2018.
The Louisiana Educator Advocacy Development (LEAD) Fellowship is searching for Louisiana Educators who are looking to take their advocacy efforts to the next level through a structured eight-month long program that will empower participants to elevate their voices as advocates for all students.
What is the LEAD Fellowship?
The Louisiana Educator Advocacy Development (LEAD) Fellowship is searching for Louisiana Educators who are looking to take their advocacy efforts to the next level through a structured seven-month long program that will empower participants to elevate their voices as advocates for all students.
The LEAD Fellowship provides educators with opportunities to engage with local and state policy makers, earn professional development credits. The best part about the LEAD Fellowship is that it doesn't take you "out of your classroom" - because the fellowship is designed to meet you where you are as a teacher, you can complete the entire fellowship without having to take a day off from your classroom!
“The LEAD Fellowship has broadened my education in the advocacy and policy world, and strengthened my voice on behalf of Louisiana students. For the first time, I feel like someone is listening.”- Joni Reed Smith, 2017 LA Teacher of the Year and LEAD Fellow
2018 - 2019 Program
In 2018-2019, Fellows will explore and build their advocacy skills around the recruitment and retention of high-quality LA educators. Fellows can expect routine digital engagement and face-to-face regional convenings with meaningful advocacy opportunities around three core impact areas. Fellows who meet a minimum level of engagement will be eligible for a mini-grant for professional development or classroom resources. The Fellowship runs November-May, and the average time commitment is five hours per month. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fellowship uses a digital learning platform, BaseCamp, to engage fellows on a routine basis. Fellows can manage tasks, have meaningful dialogue and keep up with Fellowship events. Monthly virtual convenings (webinars, teletownhalls) are hosted by the Fellowship chairs. They designed to build Fellows awareness around the policy focus of the Fellowship; these convenings will feature local, state and national experts and policy makers.
Face to Face Convenings
Regional, in-person convenings are offered in the Spring of the Fellowship. These convenings include professional development, policy study best practice sharing, and networking opportunities. They are held outside of the school day. These events culminate in a multi-day Fellowship retreat at the capitol in Baton Rouge, usually held in or around spring break.
The Fellowship offers many advocacy opportunities including regional small group meetings with policy makers, blog and Op-Ed tasks, media interviews, classroom visits, letter/email campaigns, and in-person testimony and advocacy. Fellows can choose the advocacy tasks they complete based on their interests and comfort level.
All education practitioners are eligible to apply, whether you're a principal, teacher, administrator, resident/student teacher, and/or counselor.