NASHVILLE – Thirty-eight educators have been selected for the 2018-19 class of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced today.
“The Tennessee Educator Fellowship has brought together dynamic and talented educators who are passionate advocates for education policies and practices that can improve student achievement,” SCORE Executive Chairman and CEO Jamie Woodson said. “The fellows’ diverse perspectives and experiences are invaluable as they work both inside and outside the classroom and participate in state conversations on preparing all students for postsecondary and workforce success.”
The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong program that helps teachers, school counselors, and librarians learn about education policy and equips them to advocate for their students and their profession. The educators chosen this year work in a variety of settings: traditional public schools, public magnet schools, public charter schools, public Montessori schools, an alternative academy within a public school and a school dedicated to serving children with multiple disabilities.
Since 2014, the fellowship has supported nearly 150 teachers to engage in the discussion about education policy by speaking at public events, inviting policymakers into their classrooms, writing about their experiences in state and national publications, creating regional professional networks and serving on state-level policy committees.
“The 38 fellows bring unique perspectives to the table—from different backgrounds, grade levels, subjects and regions of the state—to focus on ensuring greater academic achievement and growth for all Tennessee students,” SCORE Educator Engagement Associate Leigh Cooksey said.
This is the fifth year of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship. The fellows chosen for the 2018-19 cohort have a combined teaching experience of 479 years and represent elementary, middle and high schools in 24 districts across East, Middle and West Tennessee. The members of this cohort teach English language arts, math, science, social studies, information technology and special education in urban, suburban and rural schools. The cohort also includes a librarian and several educators who serve as school counselors. Additionally, 42 percent of this year’s fellows identify as educators of color, better representing the diversity of Tennessee’s student body.
The 2018-19 Tennessee Educator Fellows included a Lincoln County Teacher:
Tiffany Roberts teaches algebra and geometry at Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy in Lincoln County Schools. Roberts has been teaching for 26 years.
Past fellows have led new education initiatives and worked to improve outcomes for all students. Their work has included starting a teacher-nominated leadership academy for students to explore a career in teaching; bringing community leaders into classrooms to discuss the importance of literacy in their careers; advocating for the use of high-quality instructional materials; expanding access to early postsecondary opportunities for students; amplifying the voice, presence, and support for educators of color; and much more. Fellows also have engaged in education conversations at the local, state, and national level and written op-eds and blog posts for news and education outlets like The Tennessean, Education Post, and Hechinger Report.
Throughout the upcoming year, the fellows will learn through in-person and online seminars and will serve as liaisons between their colleagues, their communities, and policymakers as Tennessee continues the work of improving and lifting academic achievement for all students.