News release from Tennessee Department of Education:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced today a new partnership with Hope Street Group, a national nonprofit organization known for its teacher engagement work. Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) join TDOE in partnership supporting Hope Street Group’s efforts to elevate educator voice and improve teacher leadership opportunities through its Hope Street Group Tennessee State Teacher Fellowship.
Hope Street Group will select a cadre of talented teachers this spring to participate in the 12-month fellowship, which will commence in summer 2015. Fellows will be given the opportunity to attend professional development trainings, engage with their colleagues and collect data and feedback from teachers. Ultimately, Teacher Fellows will influence positive change at the local, state and national levels. In the last few years, Tennessee has launched a number of programs to help elevate the teaching profession and educator voice.
“We are happy to welcome Hope Street Group and its fellowship program to Tennessee,” said Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen. “Teachers are the biggest factor in the success of our students, and it is critical that we listen to and learn from our teachers to improve educational opportunities for all students.”
“The Hope Street Group State Teacher Fellows Program exists to amplify teacher engagement and impact. Without the input of teachers, education policy will not reach its full potential. By empowering teachers to offer solutions to classroom and school challenges, we are not only serving the profession of teaching, but improving educator working conditions, something we know is necessary to improve outcomes for students,” said Dan Cruce, Vice President of Education at Hope Street Group.