Apply to the Teacher Leadership Board

The Teacher Leadership Board will serve as a thought partners and education advisors for organizational staff and ambassadors in advancing our mission.

Apply to join Generation Citizen’s Teacher Leadership Board

 

Vision and Goals

The members of the Generation Citizen (GC) Teacher Leadership Board (TLB) will serve as thought partners and education advisors for organizational staff and ambassadors in advancing GC’s mission to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective Action Civics education. TLB members will provide both structured and informal feedback on national and site-level initiatives and may work on individual or group projects designed to ensure that GC’s program and curriculum align with current evidence-based practices.

The TLB will also elevate the vital voices of teachers in the growing movement to expand access to high-quality Action Civics across the country. GC’s value of Grassroots Change articulates the belief that those closest to the issue are best poised to create its solutions, and the TLB will help the organization honor that value and enhance its work. For their engagement, the TLB will provide members with various opportunities to support their continued development as educational leaders.

Responsibilities

  • Commit to a two-year term, with terms staggered so that half of the board’s membership will be new and half returning every year.
  • Participate in an annual summer retreat (July 8-11, 2018, Location to be announced).
  • Meet as an entire board virtually four times during the school year at an agreed upon time.
  • Participate in one committee. The committee topics of focus will change annually to reflect the needs and priorities of Generation Citizen. As part of each committee, board members will meet virtually and communicate via email, calls, and/or video conference with fellow committee members, GC staff, and other partners. Committees will be created with the support of GC staff, and possible committee topics may include but are not limited to: programming, policy and advocacy, measurement & evaluation, and curriculum.
  • Interface and/or collaborate with national and student leadership boards.
  • Participate in local and national events as available and needed, such as Democracy Coach and teacher training, Civics Day, and national conferences or panels.
  • The expected time commitment is approximately four hours per month, aside from the three-day summer retreat.

Educator Benefits

In addition to offering GC invaluable insight into our work, TLB members will receive significant benefits and leadership opportunities, including:

  • A central role (for the initial cohort) in developing the model, structures, and processes of the TLB
  • A $1,000 stipend to be distributed in equal installments in December and in June
  • Leadership and skill development, with the potential to contribute to curricular development, program design, pilot projects, campaign strategy, and communications, and other projects
  • The opportunity to network and collaborate closely with individuals and organizations working to advance Action Civics locally and nationwide, including fellow TLB members, organizational staff, local and national board members, and broader members of the Action Civics community
  • Invitations to local and national GC and Action Civics events and activities, including the potential to co-author thought leadership pieces, speak on panels, and present at conferences
  • Prestigious national board service for one of the country’s largest and fastest growing Action Civics organization

Structure

  • Cohort I (2018-2020) will consist of one representative from each of the six Generation Citizen sites.
  • Co-chairs will be selected by board members via an election process during the first meeting after the TLB summer retreat. The co-chairs will develop, coordinate, and implement meeting agendas.
  • Cohort I will also assist with the selection process and training of Cohort II (2019-2021).

Term Limits

Each member is appointed for a two-year term. At the end of each two-year term, members may reapply. If a member discontinues leading Generation Citizen programming or teaching in general, they are expected to inform Juanita Montes de Oca, Manager of National Program and Curricular Development.

How to Apply

Interested GC educators should submit an online application by May 15, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with members of GC’s national program team, who will make final decisions and extend invitations for membership. Board members will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • History of partnership with Generation Citizen
  • Passion for teaching Action Civics
  • Experience with civic engagement and leadership
  • Familiarity with larger trends in education
  • Ability to work collaboratively and with creativity and flexibility
  • Ability to advocate for Action Civics among colleagues and in the broader community
  • Additionally, staff will consider the composition of the group as a whole in order to achieve its goal of representing a diverse body of educators.

For More Information

Please contact Juanita Montes de Oca, Manager of National Program and Curricular Development, at jmontesdeoca@generationcitizen.org with any questions.

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