The Communities for Just Schools Fund’s Education Anew Fellow (EAF) will be housed at Teaching for Change (TFC) in Washington, D.C. for a 12-24 month fellowship period. The Fellow will work closely with CJSF staff and community partners, and with TFC’s staff and fellows, including TFC’s Coordinator of Teacher Engagement/DC Area Educators for Social Justice to create and promote content for the CJSF Education Anew Institute and for TFC’s programs and audiences. The Fellow’s goal is to support conversations and collaborations between the community organizers CJSF supports and the parents, educators, and schools with whom TFC and their partners work, all for the greater benefit of education justice advocates and school discipline, climate, and holistic safety efforts nationwide.
Through this collaboration, TFC and CJSF will leverage a rich opportunity for collaboration and engagement between educators and community organizers. The candidate will serve as the third EAF through CJSF, and this is the second term with the CJSF-TFC partnership. This work includes the expansion and care of existing relationships as well as the cultivation of new ones. The CJSF Education Anew Fellow will work directly with TFC staff and D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice to develop concrete solutions to issues of racial inequity in schools and to support lasting and constructive relationships between the CJSF organizer network and the TFC educator network. Such interactions will be a model for other educators and young people, families, and community members to support one another and join forces to push back against inequitable systems, unhealthy learning environments, and punitive practices that traumatize young people and adults in school buildings.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS
The Education Anew Fellow will:
- help promote the expertise of and build the capacity of organizers in the CJSF partner network by working with CJSF team members, partners, and network partners to create and coordinate topically-specific CJSF learning exchanges and webinars that advance conversations about classroom best practices and needed policy change;
- create, manage, and identify content for the Education Anew Institute (EAI), a virtual space for CJSF partners and other allies to develop, promote, and deliver youth-, parent-, family-, and educator-led trainings and webinars that are culturally affirming, responsive to identified needs in schools, and collaboratively supported and informed by the educators with whom TFC works (example EAI content);
- provide strategic thinking about how to connect the EAI to other CJSF efforts, such as #ReclaimSEL;
- provide vision and strategy for the continuation and extension of CJSF’s #ReclaimSEL work;
- produce white papers and reports that elevate CJSF’s place-based efforts in coordination with community partners -- most especially in Washington, D.C.;
- help coordinate the D.C. efforts for Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action;
- document and amplify social justice teaching stories in partnership with Teaching for Change and its projects, D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice and Zinn Education Project (with Rethinking Schools) (and/or other campaigns such as Teach Central America Week, Teach the Beat (go-go), and Social Justice Books);
- work with CJSF's Director of Communications/Storytelling to coordinate and develop writing, social media content, articles, public scholarship, and other communications to elevate liberatory teaching and family/school relations (e.g. CJSF’s Medium page)
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
The ideal Education Anew Fellow will have:
- significant experience working with organizers and educators;
- experience writing, speaking, facilitating, and developing media strategies that communicate social justice politics;
- deep knowledge of the harms of exclusionary discipline and the rationale for the positive alternatives and other remedies/strategies being elevated by CJSF partners;
- a track record of success designing and/or delivering trainings; and
- a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial justice and equity and building Black/Brown solidarity.
SALARY & BENEFITS
The Education Anew Fellow will receive:
- $55,000 to $65,000 salary, depending upon experience, and health insurance (the position is considered non-exempt for overtime purposes.);
- Travel expense reimbursements/budget for airfare/car mileage and lodging expenses associated with long-distance travel to/from TFC for trainings and other fellowship-related engagements (when and if it is safe to travel);
- Orientation: virtual CJSF orientation and TFC training; and,
- Mentoring, supervision, and training by CJSF and TFC staff and trainers during the fellowship.
PRELIMINARY APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
- Cover letter
- Please submit to email@example.com
- No phone calls regarding the position, please.
- Candidates will be contacted if an interview is requested.
- Please note that this position requires some evening and weekend hours.
APPLICATION DEADLINE AND INTERVIEW SCHEDULE
- Applications encouraged no later than February 28, 2021.
- First Round Interviews: March 15 - March 26, 2021 (scheduled via invitation)
- Second Round Interviews: April 6 – April 16, 2021 (scheduled via invitation)
- The fellowship can begin between mid-April and summer 2021.