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Saying Our New EdSurge Voices of Change Writing Fellows

EdSurge is happy to introduce the 2022-2023 EdSurge Voices of Change writing fellows, all educators who had been chosen by a aggressive software course of and, over the following yr, will write first-person essays about how their wants have modified, how their college students’ wants have modified and the way their faculty neighborhood has supported pupil and trainer well-being as challenges in schooling persist.

This cohort of people—our second annual—represents a variety of experiences, backgrounds, identities and views. EdSurge will publish and elevate their tales beginning within the fall and persevering with all through the upcoming faculty yr.

This second cohort contains eight proficient educators instructing at public, constitution, impartial and parochial faculties, from Hawaii to Michigan:

  • Whitney Aragaki (she/they), highschool biology and environmental science trainer at Waiākea Excessive College in Hilo, Hawai‘i.
  • Katerra Billy (she/her), various learner educator at KIPP East Academy in New Orleans.
  • Isabel Bozada-Jones (she/her), deeper studying coordinator with Reynoldsburg Metropolis Faculties in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
  • Alice Domínguez (she/her), trainer of English language arts, yoga and mindfulness at Mater Dei Catholic Excessive College in Chula Vista, California.
  • Patrick Harris II (he/him), creator from Detroit, center faculty English trainer and dean of scholars at The Roeper College.
  • Matt Homrich-Knieling (he/him), youth organizer with MIStudentsDream, a Detroit-based coalition targeted on immigration and schooling justice, and former center faculty English language arts trainer.
  • Avery Thrush (she/her), sixth grade science trainer at STEM Prep Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Corey Winchester (he/him), historical past and social science trainer and workers coordinator of College students Organized Towards Racism (SOAR) at Evanston Township Excessive College in Evanston, Illinois.
High left to proper: Whitney Aragaki, Katerra Billy, Isabel Bozada-Jones, Alice Domínguez
Backside left to proper: Patrick Harris II, Matt Homrich-Knieling, Avery Thrush, Corey Winchester

Within the coming months, these fellows will discover points associated to the next questions:

  • How have the pandemic, financial hardship and racial unrest exacerbated inequities in schooling, and the way are educators and faculty communities addressing them?
  • How has the pandemic and its aftershocks raised consciousness round psychological well being and well-being, and the way are educators and faculty communities responding?
  • How are the wants and experiences of educators and college students altering throughout what seems to be an inflection level within the historical past of American schooling—and the way are faculty communities responding?
  • How are faculties supporting college students and educators in id exploration and growth and/or relationship-building?
  • How are faculty fashions, educational practices and different elements of instructing and studying altering to satisfy educators and college students the place they’re?
  • How are educators and faculty communities supporting the entire baby by what all youngsters have in frequent and have to succeed, and addressing what youngsters of various backgrounds, experiences and sources uniquely have to succeed?
  • What new challenges have emerged within the instructing occupation, what current ones have grow to be extra advanced, and the way are educators and faculty leaders navigating them?

The EdSurge Voices of Change Writing Fellowship first launched in the summertime of 2021, with an inaugural cohort of seven esteemed fellows who, over the course of the yr, penned deeply private essays highlighting the myriad points educators, faculty leaders and learners confronted within the midst of the pandemic.

They coated problems with trainer burnout, psychological well being, systemic racism, controversial laws and extra—all of which proceed to affect the American schooling system.

EdSurge is exploring these questions and themes past its annual fellowship. Have a narrative concept to share? Please fill out our temporary pitch type, and an editor could also be in contact to assist form it into an essay (we now pay $150 for all such revealed submissions).



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