Trusted Voice Application
Galileo 3.0, Trusted Voices, is accepting applications to be the Trusted Voice (Teacher Leader) for your district. Trusted Voices is a grassroots, non-partisan, network of teachers from both traditional districts and charters, mobilizing across the state of Michigan. It is an extension of the Galileo Teacher Leadership Consortium and sponsored by Oakland University’s Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership.

Our mission is to collaboratively reframe the agenda for public education.  As a nonpartisan advocacy group of educators, we are focused on building collaborative partnerships among teachers, administrators, and policy makers to ensure every Michigan learner from every publicly funded school receives the highest quality of education.

Trusted Voices will support their local policy makers as an expert voice in the field. This opportunity is voluntary and led by teacher leaders leading from the classroom.

Through this leadership experience, participants may:
Build collaborative partnerships among administration and local policy maker(s).
Offer feedback on existing ed policy and informing future ed policy.
Participate in advocacy and education policy training.
Invite policy makers into their districts
Inform stakeholders of our current legislative agenda and updates.

Candidates do not need to be experts in education policy, however, candidates must:
Set aside their own agenda and biases, maintaining a non-partisan position.
Uphold Michigan’s Teacher Leader Standards.

More information can be found at

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Name *
Title/Position *
Phone number
Email *
School District *
Name of Superintendent
Areas of interest
Since teachers examine how ed policy plays out in the classroom, we offer our collective expertise as a service to our Michigan legislatures. Please indicate which areas you might be able to support our policy makers in (Select all that apply).
Terms and Agreement *
The Trusted Voices Representative must be approved by the district’s superintendent. The superintendent and/or public relations director must be informed when communicating to the district’s legislator and his or her constituents. Trusted Voices Representatives agree to: 1) Build strong collaborative partnerships among teacher-leaders, administration, and policy makers.  2) Promote the recommendations of Michigan’s School Finance Research Collaborative (SFRC) to the district’s legislator(s) and his or her constituents.  3) Set aside their own agenda and biases, maintaining a non partisan position with only the best interest of student-learning and the teaching-profession in mind.  4) Carefully refrain from endorsing any candidate running for an elected office or siding with any political affiliation.  5) Commit to excellence and uphold ​Michigan’s Teacher Leader Standards​.  6) Lead on behalf of equity. We believe all students must receive the resources necessary for them to achieve their dreams.  7) Maintain a growth mindset and practice essential teacher leader principles, including Covey’s 7-Habits of Highly Effective People.
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