The NJ Department of Education is accepting applications from teachers who wish to participate as teacher leaders in a pilot program to advise the department on issues.
Applications to serve on the Teacher Advisory Panel (TAP) are due on Monday, Jan. 7.
The Panel is being set up by the DOE’s Office of Strategic Communications and Partnerships, and seeks to “empower teachers to discuss current topics in education, creatively problem solve and propose solutions to some of the issues facing educators and policy makers.”
TAP seeks to “allow teachers to become advocates for the profession who are respected for their experience and expertise by having input into the decision making process.”
As envisioned, panelists “will be teacher leaders who would understand how educational policy is made at the local, state, and national level and understand the roles of stakeholders in formulating those policies. Panelists will share their expertise with staff members to advocate for student needs and for practices that support effective teaching and increase student learning.”
The Panel will consist of three regional groups of between 20-30 classroom teachers each. The DOE is seeking a diverse group of educators representing all grade levels and subject areas. It also wants to include “teachers at various stages of the career cycle and to appoint at least one teacher who has less than 5 years of teaching experience.”
In order to apply, a teacher must:
- Be a regular classroom teacher who spends 100% of his/her time in pre-K to 12th grade classrooms working with students;
- Be a classroom teacher for a minimum of three (3) years and plan to remain one for at least an additional three years;
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to school improvement with a letter of recommendation that can attest to that;
- Be knowledgeable about educational policy issues and show teacher leadership; and
- Be willing to engage in constructive discussion about current issues in education.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to the entire application document, including where to send your materials: http://www.njea.org/njea-media/pdf/TeacherAdvisoryPanels.pdf