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School Organizing Fellowship

  • School Organizing Fellowship
Get the tools and support you need to take on a critical issue affecting students in your school.

What barriers in your school are limiting your students from getting the education they deserve? Stand up for change as a School Organizing Fellow.

 

About the School Organizing Fellowship

The School Organizing Fellowship is an opportunity throughout the 2021–22 school year for current teachers.

As a teacher, you already have many of the fundamental skills to be a successful a community organizer. In only 2–3 hours per week, this fellowship will help you refine those skills and tie them together to build a policy-change campaign.

With the support of your regional coach and virtual learning opportunities, you’ll work with your school to identify the most pressing issues perpetuating educational inequity. 

Then, you'll build grassroots power with students, parents, community members, and fellow teachers to change inequitable policies.

 

What to expect

  • Participate in the fellowship while staying in the classroom, incorporating strategies you learn from the fellowship into the work you’re already doing.

  • Surface 1-2 critical issues affecting students in your school and develop a campaign to implement solutions with the support of highly experienced LEE organizers.

  • Work with coaches, in region and virtually, throughout the school year to understand the political landscape of your school and how to work with and through it.

  • Meet other fellows at an in-person regional organizing workshop and attend virtual gatherings throughout the year to learn the fundamentals of community organizing and how to enact substantive policy changes at a school level.

  • Continue developing your skillset in your own community with online learning opportunities.

  • Build relationships with organizers in your region and across the country to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and how the progress you make on your campus can be replicated and amplified in other schools.

 

Who should apply

This program is ideal for LEE members who are:

  • Interested in making change through community organizing

  • Currently teaching

  • Have at least one year of teaching experience

  • Committed to the principles of social justice

  • Interested in pursuing or exploring a career in organizing

  • Have 10-15 hours a month to dedicate to organizing

 

Frequently asked questions

For additional details about the fellowship, please login to your LEE member account and view the FAQ.

If you're unable to find an answer to your question, email Alex Johnson, Manager of Fellowships & Resources: alexandria.johnson@educationalequity.org.

 

Application open from Nov. 10, 2021 - Jan. 5, 2022