The Teacher Fellow Alumni Network
As Hope Street Group’s Education programs grow and mature — operating in multiple states, and now at the local level, as well — our corps of solutions-oriented teachers expands. Many of the passionate, highly skilled educators we call Teacher Fellows wish to remain engaged in the work beyond the official terms of their Fellowship, and we share this goal for keeping up with our TFs!
The Teacher Fellow Alumni Network
This year, we are pleased to launch the Teacher Fellow Alumni Network ( TFAN). The TFAN, welcoming all alumni Teacher Fellows, offers educators thoughtful, meaningful and now formalized roles and projects that contribute to their ongoing leadership development and professional growth, enhances that of their educator peers (including current and future Teacher Fellows), and will also lend informed wisdom to the design of Hope Street Group’s future projects and programming.
Read below for short descriptions of the 2017 TFAN opportunities. Complete this interest form to learn more about specific roles, and to stay in touch!
Connecting all of Hope Street Group’s Education work by bringing state insights and Fellowship expertise to a national forum will be those alumni selected for a two-year term on the organization’s first Teacher Advisory Council (TAC). Convened to assess operations, collaboratively work on strategic priorities, and brainstorm new avenues for engagement, the TAC — the starting Council composed of Fellows from our Hawaii, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and National Teacher Fellows Programs — will further illustrate Hope Street Group’s dedication to elevating action on teacher solutions, with trusted teachers informing Hope Street Group’s Education programs that serve teachers across the country.
This role — one per State Teacher Fellowship program, for one June-May Fellowship year — serves to plan, prepare, and execute engagement opportunities for TFs and professional learning networks (PLNs) statewide. Working closely with his or her State Director, the Statewide Engager will assist in the building of annual meetings, regional Voice Activated sessions, Work Group activities, and other opportunities ripe for Year 1 and Year 2 TFs. Much like Regional Teacher Fellow Coaches (below) work with Year 1 TFs, Statewide Engagers communicate semi-regularly with the Year 2 TFs in the state, curating chances for them to pursue passion projects and consider “what’s next.” Statewide Engagers also assist the State Director in organizing alumni roles and opportunities, tracking their activity and impact. These alumni will familiarize themselves more deeply with the data collected by Teacher Fellows on policy issues in order to thoughtfully engaged decision-makers and peers.
Regional Teacher Fellow Coach
Specific to state geography, this role for a select number of alumni Fellows per state includes bi-monthly virtual check-ins with one or more TFs in their region. Providing advice and support in the TFs’ professional learning, and other Fellowship activities including data collection and writing, Regional TF Coaches assist Year 1 TFs by offering local and/or regional context of the education landscape and making strategic introductions.
Social Media Ambassador
Our go-to corps of educators active in the Twitter-sphere, the wide world of Facebook and other digital platforms utilized by teachers for professional learning and networking, Social Media Ambassadors trumpet Hope Street Group initiatives and support current and other alumni Teacher Fellows wherever and whenever they connect with their ever-growing PLNs. Sharing research findings and Fellow-authored publications, Ambassadors will also lead strategic virtual communication that connects Fellowship successes and best practices among programs, elevating the work of all.
Focus Group Moderator
Broadening the reach of a teacher-led data collection and tapping into their previous peer research training, alumni Focus Group Moderators host small group discussions with educators on a range of topics within specific research windows, as needed in their states. Moderators may also serve as note-taker or participant in regions with current TFs, to demonstrate support and lend their voices to these conversations.
Serving alongside current TFs to score applicants to Hope Street Group’s Teacher Fellowship programs, trained Application Reviewers devote approximately three (3) hours each recruitment cycle and complete these tasks virtually, within our Fellowship application site.