Dear Friends,

The most important in-school factor in raising student achievement is great teaching. Over the years, I have seen that a great teacher also brings a solid and trusted voice to the discussion about improving student achievement.

SCORE is committed to empowering teachers to have a greater impact on key state-level education policy issues. That is why we are launching the Tennessee Educator Fellowship.  I am also pleased to announce that the Tennessee Educator Fellows will be led by Cicely Woodard.

Cicely class1Recently an eighth-grade math teacher at Rose Park Math and Science Magnet in Metro Nashville Public Schools, Cicely brings to this role more than 11 years of classroom experience. She has also earned a strong state and national reputation as a clear voice for students and her fellow teachers on key policy and practice matters.

The 20 Tennessee Educator Fellows will remain in the classroom doing the work they love while also getting the opportunity to learn about, reflect upon, inform, and advocate for policies, practices, and systems that have significant impact on effective teaching and student achievement. Tennessee Educator Fellows will be chosen this month and will represent each of Tennessee’s three geographic regions, multiple subjects and grade levels.

If you are a classroom teacher with at least three years of experience and a desire to represent students and teachers in your region, I invite you to apply to become a Tennessee Educator Fellow.

If you are a school or district leader, policymaker, parent, student, or community member, I hope you will share this opportunity with educators who want to continue the success Tennessee has seen in academic achievement and work to accelerate student growth.

Teachers bring a critically important perspective to speak to the progress our students have made, to help identify the obstacles that stand in the way of ensuring all students graduate ready for college and career, and to advocate for adjustments and improvements that still are needed. The Tennessee Educator Fellowship will lift up the voices of classroom teachers so they can weigh in on policy conversations that affect their fellow educators, their schools, and – most importantly – their students.

Please contact me of you have any questions about this important new opportunity for teachers in our great state.

Very truly yours,

 Jamie Signature 4-2014