Teacher-powered advocates meet with Secretary King at Tea with Teachers

On Wednesday, May 18, advocates for the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative discussed the impact of the teacher-powered schools movement with U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

The gathering was part of Tea with Teachers, a monthly meeting where educators from across the country are invited to share their experiences with Secretary King on topics like teacher retention, meeting the needs of students, and creating safe learning spaces.

The group, which includes Jeff Austin and Jose Navarro of Social Justice Humanitas Academy, Betsy Drinan and Taryn Snyder of Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, and Lori Nazareno of CTQ shared the importance for those closest to students to make the decisions affecting school success and how teacher leadership can support all students.

“As a founding teacher for a pilot high school in Los Angeles, last week I was invited to join a small group of teachers and principals with Secretary King to discuss the value of teacher leadership in schools and in educational policy-making,” Jeff Austin, coordinator and teacher at Social Justice Humanitas Academy, writes of his experience.

“We talked about the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which gives us more specific opportunities to involve teachers directly in decision making. Schools need the ability to be innovative and flexible in supporting their students, and ESSA certainly uses that same terminology.”

Source: Images by Flickr user US Department of Education