Education Advocacy Is What We Do
THE TEACHERS’ DEMOCRACY PROJECT SUPPORTS TEACHERS AND OTHERS COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION IN BALTIMORE’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND IN EDUCATION POLICY MAKING
Launching This Year’s Fellowships
We invite school teams that consist of teachers, paras, administrators, parents, and/or community members who are passionate about making schools more democratic, equitable, restorative and affirming of student experiences to form or join a team of others willing to work on one of our 4 priority areas. Fellowships will involve working at the school-level and connecting the work to a larger systemic change framework. Stipends and other resources are available. Fill out an interest form if you want to join us.
Organizing Training and Retreat for those Creating Democratic Schools
The reality of teachers, parents and students should inform and guide decisions at all levels of the school system. This could mean a team works on building a PTO or School Family Council and/or works at the policy level to push for School Family Councils that have real decision-making power. Join us Sept. 23 for an organizing training and retreat to help come up with a plan of action. Download a flyer here.
Design an Equity Framework for Baltimore City Schools
Advocate for a school system policy that requires the district to use an equity framework when developing policy and when making all major decisions so that sufficient resources are available to all students. Join us Sept. 12 for a brainstorming session on this group. rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fostering Social Justice Curriculum
Creating classrooms where learning is connected to student and community realities and building a movement of teachers who share their practices and push to reduce the barriers to doing this work in school. Join us Sept. 11 and 25 for an info/brainstorming session for this group or contact K_sieloff@yahoo.com for more information. Download a flyer here.
Teachers’ Democracy Project and Community Conferencing Center present
Building a Restorative School System
Thursday, Oct. 12, 6–8pm at the Impact Hub (10 East North Ave.)
Free. Dinner provided.
The event will feature:
• A brief introduction to Restorative Practices
• Video and presentation of school district case studies from across the country
• Where Baltimore is with the work now
• A discussion of moving forward from here
TDP engages teachers and community members in Fellowship Projects. Fellows are working on: Restorative Practices, Socially engaged curriculum and how to increase democratic decision making by all stakeholders in schools. By proactively connecting teachers, parents, students and community members we aim to transform school relationships, culture and the way decisions get made.
Our Advocacy Work is a result of what we hear from our fellows as they tackle issues in their schools and in response to larger national and local trends. We engage teacher feedback and conduct research to help us advocate for better policies and practices. We attend school board meetings and host community forums around how to create more equity and inclusion in school decision making.