VOCAL JUSTICE TEACHER FELLOWSHIP
We select, train, and compensate middle and high school educators to facilitate Vocal Justice at their schools. Most fellows integrate Vocal Justice into an existing class; others run it as an after-school club. Teacher fellows also participate in community-building and professional learning workshops with each other on racial justice, youth voice, and critical pedagogy.
Make a real difference
Engage students in a unique program that helps them recognize their inner strength and leverage it for social justice.
Grow as an educator
Learn how to facilitate social justice activities and teach public speaking in a critical, yet engaging manner.
Receive fair pay
Receive compensation for delivering our program to students, in addition to professional learning workshops.
Each participating fellow must:
Be a full-time middle or high school educator (preference for 9th/10th grade teachers).
Engage a consistent group of at least 15 students in our program.
Have a one-hour slot per week from October 2021 to May 2022 to facilitate workshops.
Be able to deliver the program virtually if needed.
Participate in virtual programming with other fellows every 3-4 weeks.
Provide thoughtful feedback on Vocal Justice curriculum throughout the fellowship.
Have support from their school leadership to participate in the fellowship
(verbal / written sign-off is sufficient).
The expected time commitment for fellows is about 4 hours per week. This includes time for workshop facilitation, cohort programming, and administrative tasks.
All eligible U.S. middle and high school educators should apply, including classroom teachers and staff who educate students outside of the classroom.
While we encourage all educators to apply, we will give preference to those who:
Can enroll Black and Brown students who are disengaged academically and not civically engaged
We prioritize supporting students who have been historically undervalued and excluded from leadership development opportunities
Are able to integrate the Vocal Justice program into an existing class, including a homeroom period
When possible, we strive to reach students at a time when they are already committed to being at school, to avoid high attrition rates
Have a comparable group of students they work with that won’t participate in the Vocal Justice program
We want to assess our impact by comparing outcomes between students who engage in Vocal Justice and those who don’t
Have facilitated social justice programs before, either as a teacher or in another capacity
While we will provide training to fellows, it is intended to build on existing foundational knowledge around social justice topics
Commitment to Diversity & Equity
Vocal Justice strives to be an anti-oppressive organization that is committed to social equity. In that spirit, individuals who identify with groups that have been historically marginalized are especially encouraged to apply for our fellowship.
When selecting fellows, we will prioritize bringing together a diverse group of educators that can best help us advance our mission, taking into account which schools and educators could benefit the most from this opportunity.
August 25, 2021 at 2PM PT
September 8-16, 2021
Late September 2021
Fellowship Onboarding & Training
Cohort Celebration & Final Reflections
September 2, 2021
September 17, 2021
Final Decisions Released
October 2021 - May 2022
Program Implementation & Teacher Gatherings