Teachers United is a teacher-led education policy advocacy organization that seeks to insert and elevate the voices of educators in the education policy-making process at the district and state level.
From our inception, we’ve believed the single most important in-school factor impacting student achievement is the effectiveness of the teacher in the classroom. However, far too often the voice of effective educators is excluded from the education policy making process.
Teachers United, founded in 2011 in Seattle, started as a non-profit organization. When the non-profit shuttered its doors, a key group of TU advocates wanted to continue the work and increase teacher voice in educational advocacy. So, we reorganized in Tacoma in 2015 as a volunteer based group of like-minded advocates. Advocates passionate about using research to inform our voice and work.
Teachers United is a teacher-led education policy advocacy organization that seeks to insert and elevate the voices of impactful educators in the education policy-making process at the district and state level.
In designing our policy recommendations, we follow a three step process:
Teachers United members decide democratically on our issues of focus at our Annual Network Meeting
Then, Teachers United teachers, as part of a policy team, research selected issues in order to craft policy recommendations.
Lastly, our members advocate for the implementation of our policy recommendations to education leaders at the state and district level.
We believe that teachers know what is best for their students and their classrooms and that there is no one better positioned to advocate for our most vulnerable students than their teachers.
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2017-2018 Focus Areas
In May 2017, TU discussed our focus areas for the coming school year: Hybrid Roles Policy Team, Teacher Voice in Writing, and Legislative Contact. We are always looking for interested parties to be involved in our research, recommendation, and implementation of our policy work.
Hybrid Roles Policy Team: This team began work on September 28, 2017. The team collected research, read and analyzed research and made final recommendations on the future of hybrid roles in education.
Teacher Voice in Writing: Over the last year and half, TU has begun fostering and developing teacher voice beyond our policy implementation. Check out our blog that features original published pieces for Teachers United as well as reblog from our various TU members that have professional and personal blogs. If you're wanting to get involved in our writing, make sure to connect with Jamie Romberg at one of our TU events.
Legislative Contact Team: As our organization has developed over the last three years, we have always tried to develop our teacher voice and confidence in presenting to a variety of audience. Our legislative contact team is already hard at work facilitating conversations with policy makers from the School Board to the State Legislative level.