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Advocacy 101
posted by: Tamia | January 16, 2020, 07:22 PM   

Happy New Year from the Association of American Educators Foundation! This is an exciting time for education advocacy and we believe that our members have the professional experience and influence to make a lasting impact on the education field for all children. To express your interest, or to nominate a fellow member in our 2020 Advocacy Fellowship, please complete the following application by January 31st, 2020. The length of the fellowship is one year, February 2020 through December 2020, and includes a stipend of $1000.


Throughout the year, we will work to foster our fellows’ advocacy skills, as well as knowledge of current education policy issues. We are looking for candidates who commit to a teaching profession that is student oriented, well respected, and personally fulfilling. Strong candidates will have some experience in advocacy (e.g. attended one of our advocacy training sessions) and the motivation to advocate for policies that improve education. Currently, there are fifteen openings across the country.

The time commitment will vary from month to month depending on opportunities to engage in advocacy work. The minimum activities we anticipate for fellows include:

  • Participate in initial kick-off and advocacy training sessions
  • Participate in monthly or bi-monthly 60-minute one-on-one coaching calls
  • Submit monthly assignment (e.g. op-ed, letter to the editor, etc.)
  • Respond to media requests for interviews
  • Respond to legislature requests for testimony

As the year progresses, more opportunities will become available.

If you have any questions or difficulties with the application, please email Kira Tookes, our Director of Advocacy at Within the application, you will upload your resume as a Word Document or PDF. If you experience issues with uploading, email your resume separately when you submit your application or nomination.

Thank you for your dedication to your students and the teaching profession!

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