Research suggests children benefit in many ways from having a teacher of the same race or ethnicity. But now more than ever, the diversity of our country’s teaching workforce is at risk. Even before COVID-19, Latino teachers were facing unique challenges that led to job dissatisfaction and many Latino educators leaving the profession before they master teaching.
Schools across the country are at a high risk of teacher attrition. Poor working conditions are known to influence teacher retention and, among those conditions, the lack of resources for teaching and learning and opportunities for professional collaboration strongly influence the decision to leave the classroom. Social distancing policies, increased demands from new virtual learning environments, and pressure to meet higher needs among low-income students and English Language Learners (ELLs) underscore these attrition risk factors.
Considering this urgency, Latinos for Education fast-tracked the design and implementation of a plan to cultivate and accelerate teacher leadership. The Latinx Teachers’ Fellowship will provide a national cohort of 45-75 Latinx K-12 teachers with a learning network of peers and the tools to collaboratively prepare to maintain and improve the skills needed to serve large ELL populations. Our goal is to equip Latinx teachers to navigate the increased demands of a changing educational landscape and improve their likelihood of progressing in their careers as teacher leaders into the next school year and beyond.
Who are the ideal candidates? Latinx teachers:
- With 2-6 years of K-12 teaching experience
- Serving large ELL populations
- Who teach across New England, Houston, New York City, Denver, the Bay Area, and Dallas
- With a track record of supporting students to high achievement
- Onboarding: Thursday, July 8th (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST)
- Week 1: Tuesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 15th (11:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST)
- Week 2: Tuesday, July 20th and Thursday, July 22nd (11:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST)
- Week 3: Tuesday, July 27th and Thursday, July 29th (11:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST)
- Ongoing alumni learning network events throughout the Fall and Spring
Session Topics Include:
- Latinx Educators Dismantling Anti-Blackness
- Culturally Responsive and Linguistically Sustainable Practice
- Engaging Communities of Color
- Leadership Pathways
- Social and Emotional Skills for Diverse Populations
By the end of the summer, we expect Fellows will:
- Increase their self-efficacy around leveraging their Latinx identity as educators and agents of change.
- Develop clarity over their career goals within the educational landscape and reestablish their “why.”
- Collaborate around best practices for teaching marginalized populations in Grades K-12
- Build local and national learning networks of Latinx teachers.
UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS
We are hosting two information sessions where we will provide interested applicants insight into two of our fellowship programs and the application/selection process. This is an opportunity to learn from staff and alumni regarding the Fellowship experience and have your questions answered. RSVP Today!
- Tuesday, March 30th at 5:30pm EST
- Friday, April 30th at 12:30pm EST