This is the first of a Network Learning monthly post that shares high-quality opportunities for Teach For All network participants and alumni. These posts are done with and for you, so if you know about a great opportunity or amazing tool for the classroom, share it with the Teach for All community by emailing Mary.
Issue I Opportunities:
- WISE Learners' Voice Program: A fellowship for leaders
- School Enterprise Challenge: An entrepreneurship opportunity
- Beyond Two Years: A participant/alum Twitter conversation
- Plickers: A tool for real-time exit tickets
- SPARK Schools: A school leadership opportunity
Are you a leader? Do you know a leader? The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is now accepting applications and nominations for its 2014-15 Learners' Voice program—they're seeking a diverse group of engaged learners who want to build their communication, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills through a yearlong fellowship. It aims to amplify student voices within the worldwide education debate, and to support fellows in making education-related impacts in their chosen fields.
Who: College-educated, English-proficient leaders between ages 18 and 25 (as of November 2, 2014), with a demonstrated professional interest in education and global development.
Timeline: Nominate or apply by June 1 at 6:00pm GMT. If accepted, applicants must commit to attend residential sessions from January 3-15, 2015 in Doha, Qatar and from June 1-14, 2015 in Madrid, Spain, and to participate in the WISE Summit in Doha from November 2-6, 2014.
Is your school up for Teach A Man To Fish's School Enterprise Challenge? Enter to develop your students' leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and stand a chance to win prizes of more than $45,000 for your school. Run by Teach A Man To Fish, the School Enterprise Challenge has three stages: participating school teams develop a business idea, build it into a formal business plan, and implement it within their community. The competition offers easy access to school partnerships, weekly learning guides, lesson plans, templates, and an excellent online platform for peer-to-peer learning and mentorship. Last year, participating schools brought in an average profit of $810,00 within 4 months.
Who: Primary and secondary school teachers and teacher coordinators.
Timeline: Registration closes June 23. Competition runs through December 2.
Mark your calendars! On Thursday, June 26th at 9 a.m. EST, Teach For All will be hosting a Twitter chat connecting some of the network's Alumni Changemakers with current and incoming participants across the globe. We'd love for you to join us for a fascinating discussion about the life-long journey and pursuit of educational opportunity for all. More details to come but for now be sure to follow @teachforall on Twitter for the latest news.
Who: Current Teach For All participants and alumni
When: June 26, 9am EST
More info: Follow @teachforall on Twitter
Teach For America alum Nolan Amy (Bay Area '08) wanted a better way to keep students engaged and monitor their understanding. He developed Plickers to address this need. Plickers is a powerfully simple iOS and Android app that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Instead, each student holds up a unique card to indicate his or her answer, and the teacher scans the classroom using a smartphone to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls, collecting immediately actionable insights.
"I tried Plickers today with my homeroom and AP physics class—I love it. I can immediately call on a student to justify his/her answer and give shout-out the kids who got the question right. Needless to say, students are engaged." - Evan Dvorak, TFA alum & High School Physics Teacher in Los Angeles, USA
Who: All teachers with access to a smartphone or tablet
More info: Get started with Plickers here
eAdvance's SPARK Schools is a network of low-fee private schools in Johannesburg, South Africa. They aim to create a chain of "proof point" schools across the nation, and are seeking school leaders to join them as they grow. SPARK Schools are pioneering a blended learning model—they plan to provide individualized education at an affordable cost by combining exemplary classroom teaching and differentiated online instruction. They are looking for a principal, an assistant principal, and a business operations manager for each of the four schools they will run in Johannesburg next year. The roles will include leadership training, mentorship, and enormous scope for learning and growth.
Who: Applicants should have at least three years of exemplary teaching experience, school leadership or management experience, and a "whatever it takes" devotion to student achievement. Additional qualifications vary by role.
Timeline: Rolling application schedule. All roles require a full-time commitment of at least two years.