Trusted Voices Representative Application
Galileo 3.0 is accepting nominations for Trusted Voices Leaders for the remaining 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year. Trusted Voices is a grassroots, non-partisan, network of teachers mobilizing across the state of Michigan, who with the approval of their superintendent, will support their local policy makers as an expert voice in the field. At the state level, Trusted Voices is selecting one teacher leader to represent each of the ten MASA regions who will present the "State of Education" from the classroom lens to both the Michigan Education Caucus and our House and Senate Education Committees. This opportunity is sponsored by Oakland University’s Galileo Leadership Consortium.
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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.
Through this leadership experience, participants will lead from the classroom and ensure teacher voice at the policy table by:
• Building collaborative partnerships among administration and local policy maker(s).
• Offering feedback on existing ed policy and informing future ed policy.
• Participating in advocacy and education policy training.
• Participating in monthly webinars to network, collaborate, and remain informed.
• Inviting policy makers into their districts
• Informing stakeholders of our current legislative agenda and updates.
• Creating awareness of the SFRC findings to all stakeholders.
• Organizing events to inform community stakeholders the current state of MI education.
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.
• Be first and foremost a learner.
• Not endorse candidates running for an elected office or side with any political affiliation.
Areas of Expertise
Since teachers examine how ed policy plays out in the classroom, we offer our collective expertise as a service to our Michigan legislators. Please indicate which areas you might be able to support our policy makers in (Select all that apply).
State Aid / School Finance
Early Child Literacy
Teacher Evaluation System
Health and Safety
At Risk Students
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.
I have read and understand the terms and agreement of the Trusted Voices Representative position.
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