Teach Plus Los Angeles Fellow Abra Sussman wrote a piece for The Huffington Post's Ted Weekends this past week entitled, "Why I am a School Teacher (Instead of a Classroom Teacher)"
Los Angeles Staff
Survey: Today’s teaching force is less experienced, more open to change
By Jackie Mader
Hechinger Report, October 23, 2012
Teacher-Leader Corps Helps Turn Around Schools
By Stephen Sawchuck
Education Week, April 20, 2011
New Teachers are the New Majority
By Celine Coggins & Heather Peske
Education Week, January 19, 2011
Lesson Plan in Boston Schools: Don’t Go It Alone
By Mike Winerip
New York Times, August 8, 2010
LA Fellow Pearl Arredondo on TED Talks Education
Watch current LA Fellow Pearl Arredondo on PBS' TED Talks Education Special, along with John Legend, Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada, and others. Pearl's piece starts at the 37:25 mark.
Teach Plus Los Angeles officially launched in January of 2011 to ensure that teacher voice was not being left out of the conversation to improve teacher practice in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Teach Plus Los Angeles began its work with a series of T+ Network Events that gave teachers the opportunity to learn about local education policy initiatives and give feedback directly to policymakers through an interactive discussion format. Over the last year, more than 350 teachers attended these T+ Network Events and shared their opinions on topics such as teacher evaluation, compensation, retention and student growth measures with leaders like LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, former LAUSD Board Member Yolie Flores, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and more. (click here to see a history of T+ Network Events in Los Angeles). The T+ Network continues to strive to provide relevant, timely discussions around the issues that matter most to LA teachers.
In September of 2011, Teach Plus Los Angeles also officially launched its Teaching Policy Fellowship with an inaugural cohort of 30 teachers from district and charter schools throughout Los Angeles. The cohort was selected through a rigorous selection process. They have started their Fellowship by learning about and meeting with top education policymakers and reformers throughout Los Angeles. The Fellows are currently working on opportunities to have an impact on the new teacher evaluation pilot, student growth measure systems, teacher retention incentives and more. Fellows are also sharing their solutions-oriented views by presenting at education conferences, writing op-eds, and submitting policy memos to LAUSD.
Teach Plus Los Angeles offers teachers two innovative leadership opportunities that are designed to place teacher leaders at the center of education reform: the T+ Network and the Teaching Policy Fellowship.
In Los Angeles, teachers can take advantage of:
|The T+ Network is a rapidly growing movement of teachers who want to connect with policymakers and fellow teachers, learn about policies that empower effective teachers, and be a voice for change within the teaching profession. Click here to learn more and RSVP to upcoming events!
|This highly selective program is for teachers who want to work with policymakers to reform education and hold students and teachers to high standards. The inaugural cohort of Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellows began in Fall 2011.