National Newsletter

Make this a teacher-powered, student-centered school year!

Welcome back to school! We are excited to see how much teacher-powered has continued to grow across the nation. This fall, there are several new teacher-powered schools opening and other teams improving their collaborative leadership practices and converting to a teacher-powered model.

Our purpose is to support and advocate for you: The educators committed to designing and implementing learning that is created with the needs of your students and community at the center. We offer many free resources created for teams in multiple stages, host online and in-person events to connect to others doing this work, and offer workshops and coaching specifically designed for teams.

You are not alone: There are more than 25,000 students and more than 1500 educators already learning, teaching, and leading at teacher-powered schools in the U.S. Connect with these education innovators and join our Teacher-Powered Network today.

Wherever you are on this journey, we welcome you to the teacher-powered team!

Amy Junge
Director of Teacher-Powered Schools

Be part of the network

We’re thankful to have you as a reader of this newsletter, where you are first to know about new resources and opportunities. But we want to invite you to become part of a powerful community in the Teacher-Powered Network.

As part of the network, you can share your story—like the blog posts featured below. Join us at network-only events and receive discounts on conferences and events.

Find support—through training opportunities, relationships with fellow teacher-powered educators, and visits to other teacher-powered schools. The network is designed for you to take your teacher-powered experience to new places.

Join as a collective school team, an individual educator, or simply as a supporter of teacher-powered.

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Historia: art as a tool for social justice

“You could always tell that within every student, there was a much deeper and more profound story to be told—a story of conflict and challenge. Of culture and family. Of journeys from worlds away and traditions rich in ethnic history. It’s why Allisón Chalco, a high school art teacher in downtown Los Angeles, doesn’t just ask students to share their stories, but rather, their Historia.”

Jonathan Tam, from teacher-powered School of Social Justice, tells the story of colleague Allisón Chalco—and how her students used art to explore and appreciate their own complex identities.

Read the blog post

Teacher reflections on being culturally responsive

This year, Education Evolving is taking a deep dive into teacher retention and satisfaction in a blog series, Retaining Teachers: Fostering Conditions Where Talent Thrives. This summer, we heard from Letitia Davis, an elementary principal at teacher-powered Baldwin Hills, who wrote about weaving cultural responsiveness into the fabric of their school.
“Being culturally responsive where students see reflections of self and question the pervading narrative through a critical lens are important practices within our school, and teachers having the freedom and dedicated space to make those instructional decisions are also paramount for us.”
Read the blog post


PEN 2019 National Conference
October 3–5 | Twin Cities, MN

Educating for Democracy: Navigating the Current and Channeling the Future of Progressive Education.

Learn more.

Community Schools Fundamentals Conference
October 16–18 | New York City

Designed specifically for those new or relatively new to community schools.

Learn more.

Teacher-Powered Day
November 9 | Twin Cities, MN

A day designed to improve your collaborative leadership practices, for teams already teaching and leading at teacher-powered, student-centered schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Learn more.

Independent Charter School Symposium
November 17–20 | Old Town Albuquerque

With a special session on “the teacher-powered school.”

Learn more.

Teacher-Powered Jobs Board shares job postings from our network of schools around the country. Check in on the board now and bookmark the page to stay in the know for teacher-powered job opportunities.

View job postings.

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