Teachers have so many frustrations with a variety of aspects of education. Teachers should take more control of their own profession. This requires us to be more knowledgable about policy at federal, state, and district levels and to learn how we can give input on policy and work to influence it. I am doing a fellowship at US ED this year and would love to bring teachers in on a regular basis to see what ED does and to learn about policy and to then develop ways to learn about and impact policies in their own states and districts. It could take place as mini workshops on how to talk to policy makers or as spending a day with myself or one of the fellows to learn about policy.
Idea No. 9