BENEFITING: EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE
ORGANIZER: EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE
Over the past 3 years we've 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.
As a 5th grade Social Studies teacher in Queens (Mara) and Senior Outreach Director at E4E (Ben), we've seen E4E have an enormous impact on our students, school, and our ability to become leaders within the teaching profession. Part of E4E's programming helps connect classroom teachers with local elected officials so that teachers are able to advocate for the resources their students need most. For example, together, along with 20 other outstanding E4E leaders in Queens, we hosted a Q+A event with the Chairman of the Education Committee in the City Council, Daniel Dromm. During this session, we discussed ways we could improve Common Core implementation in New York City schools. This event helped E4E teachers build a meaningful relationship with a key decision maker to ensure the city is meeting the needs of all students.
Thanks to E4E, I (Mara), have also had the opportunity to work with colleagues to:
- write policy papers recommending ways for the city and state to improve teacher preparation, better serve ESL and Special Education Students, and improve school discipline and school culture;
- meet with City Council members, Department of Education officials, state lawmakers, and even New York City's Chancellor to tell them what it’s really like for teachers, how policy decisions affect our students, and recommend solutions for the problems we face each day;
- learn more about the big and important changes that are happening in education right now in New York City;
- connect with other teachers who want to be part of the solution; and,
- become a leader in encouraging others to join the fight!
The thing I am most excited about right now is that I am able to start seeing some of our recommendations materialize. I recently helped write a policy paper on ways in which to improve student discipline with 14 other teachers from throughout the city. We researched and referenced our classroom experience to create recommendations that can be implemented city-wide. We've even had the chance to share our initial recommendations directly with staff from the New York City Mayor's Office. (Took out the bullet formatting here)
With the help of E4E, we've been able to hone our leadership skills - as a teacher leader and staff member - to begin making the changes that will continue to drive student achievement.
Our goal is to raise $500. Every contribution will help support more teachers and staff members like us.
- $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!
Mara and Ben
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