As an organization, we believe that all students, regardless of zip code, deserve a quality education that inspires their natural curiosity, imagination and desire to learn. Turning this vision into a reality requires teamwork and a dedication to change at the local level where those who know students the best – educators in classrooms and communities – lead the way. The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015, provides the opportunity for educators to reclaim decision making for our schools, students, and communities.
The OEA Center for Great Public Schools has developed a toolkit to help local teams raise up the voices and vision of educators to use ESSA to advocate for the schools our students deserve. The toolkit includes resources to understand the basics of ESSA, assess local member engagement, recruit a diverse team of members, conduct a school district opportunity audit to identify gaps, and devise a plan for educator-led school improvement. This is also an opportunity to engage members who otherwise would not take on a more traditional union role.
Go here to access the toolkit in its entirety.