Louisiana Educator Advocacy Development Fellowship
Applications for the 2020-21 LEAD Fellowship will open fall 2020. Please complete this Interest Form and we will email you the application when it becomes available.
The Louisiana Educator Advocacy Development (LEAD) Fellowship is searching for Louisiana Educators and Administrators who are looking to take their advocacy efforts to the next level. This structured seven-month long program will empower participants to elevate their voices as advocates for all students.
What is the LEAD Fellowship?
The LEAD Fellowship provides educators and administrators with opportunities to engage with local and state policy makers, earn professional credits, and advocate on behalf of all students. 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's students. For the first time, I feel like someone is listening.”- Joni Reed Smith, 2017 LA Teacher of the Year and LEAD Fellow.
Please note that the application period for the 2020-21 cohort has not yet been released. Please complete this Interest Form so we can send you the application as soon as it is released. For more information, contact Mallory Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2020-2021 Fellowship will focus on racial equity, anti-racist teaching practices, and justice in education. The Fellowship will be conducted digitally and regional convenings will only be held if it is safe to do so.
The Fellowship is conducted entirely online so you don’t have to spend a day away from your classroom or school. 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 are designed to build Fellows’ awareness around the policy focus of the Fellowship; these monthly convenings will feature local, state, and national experts and policy makers.
Face to Face Convenings
Regional, in-person convenings may be offered in Spring 2021, depending on the latest medical guidance from the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Education. If it is not possible to host an in-person convening, a virtual experience of equal engagement will be offered. These convenings include professional development, policy study best practice sharing, and networking opportunities. They are held outside of the school day.
The Fellowship offers many advocacy opportunities including regional conversations 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.