BENEFITING: EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE
ORGANIZER: EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE
Over the past year, I have been working as an Outreach Director 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.
In the past year, I have witnessed E4E have an enormous impact on New York City students and their teachers. I have seen teachers learn about the policies that impact their students, network with other education professionals, and take action by creating policy recommendations rooted in their classroom experiences and advocating for those recommendations with elected officials. One of those teachers is Alicia who is pictured with me here.
Alicia teaches transfer students who are overage and under credited in Brooklyn. Her students come to her with a wide range of academic and social needs. In the face of these challenges, Alicia finds herself lucky to work in a school that is successful because of the positive environment created by her colleagues. However, she recognizes that policy makers are often not thinking about her unique students when policies are created and implemented.
Alicia credits E4E with increasing her awareness of the strong impact non-educators have on her and her students’ daily activities. She wants to make sure that these decision makers have a true and full picture of what her and her student’s experience on a daily basis. Alicia is currently interested in the recent changes to how New York teachers will be evaluated—specifically how outside evaluators may not have context into the unique population of students she serves. Since working with E4E, Alicia has spoken with Governor Cuomo’s senior staff about her concerns with teacher evaluation and her solutions on how to improve teacher evaluation without bringing in outside evaluators.
With the help of E4E, Alicia has been able to hone her leadership skills beyond the four walls of her classroom. She is now taking on the task to organize her colleagues in Brooklyn to advocate for the policy changes that they know will respect them as professionals and drive student achievement and she looks forward to working to create more recommendations generated from actual classroom teacher’s experiences.
My goal is to raise $1,000 to support the programs and trainings E4E provides for Alicia and all teachers around New York City as they continue to advocate for the change they know will best support their student’s futures.
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