BENEFITING: EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE
ORGANIZER: EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE
Over the past 9 months, I have been involved with Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a non-profit that works to ensure the voices of classroom teachers are included in policy discussions that affect our students and our classrooms.
Before working with E4E, I was a Mental Health Counselor working in Brooklyn. I was lucky enough to find myself spending a large part of my time collaborating with teachers. Teachers were my strongest partners in helping our students succeed in and out of the classroom.
There was one particular student, who has a story similar to many students, where the education system failed him by excluding his teacher from key decison-making discussions. John had a very severe trauma history and had a tough time managing his emotions. I met with his teacher and together we developed a treatment plan that would support his needs in the classroom. Just one week after we implemented this plan, I found out that John was being expelled for an incident that happened a few weeks prior. I attended the expulsion meeting expecting his teacher and I to fight for this student and present our plan for his success. However, when I got to the school, the principal and superintendent told me that there was no need for the teacher to be in the meeting and that John just wasn't a "good fit" and he "made the school worse by just being here."
Experiences like these often left me feeling discouraged with the system. John's teacher should have been allowed to advocate for him when he needed us most. When I made the move from NY to LA I looked into organizations I could become involved with that would support students holistically and that's when I found out about E4E. I was reading about California's School Climate Bill of Rights and saw that E4E was supporting this bill and I knew I had to get involved. With the help of E4E, I see teachers honing their leadership skills that help them begin to make the changes that will continue to drive student achievement.
My goal is to raise $400. Every contribution will help support more teachers who can advocate for their students like John.
$25 helps E4E recruit, engage, and connect a new teacher member with policy and leadership opportunities
$50 helps E4E host school-based community events for teachers such as focus groups and listening sessions
$100 helps E4E organize large panel discussion events for teachers to meet with experts and policy makers through the E4E Networking and Event Series
$250 helps E4E members share their policy recommendations with key education decision-makers through the E4E Teacher Policy Team Program
$500 helps E4E provide teacher leadership training through the E4E Teacher Leadership Program
Thank you so much for your support!
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