Early Learning Summer Fellow

Early Learning Summer Fellow

RUSSLYNN ALI SUMMER FELLOWSHIP  The Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a 3rd cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2020. The goal of the Fellowship is to support people of color entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African American, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Indigenous people to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem. From June through August, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice issues. All Fellows must have a passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and the belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them.FAST FACTS ESTABLISHED: 2001EMPLOYEES: 20+MISSION: The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-16 education system can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit edtrustwest.orgOpens in New Window.SALARY: $7,200 for 10 weeks of full-time workSTART DATE: June 2020YOUR ROLE  In 2013, California, thanks to advocacy efforts from the Education Trust—West and groups across the state, California passed a law called Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was an important step toward closing opportunity and achievement gaps that separate low-income students, English learners and foster youth from their more advantaged peers.LCFF was primarily targeted at the K-12 system, however, we know some districts are using LCFF funds to support state funded preschool programs serving a portion of the 3 million children in California who are 0-5 years old, 60% of which are dual language learners and over 65% are children of color.By reviewing Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) our Early Learning Fellow will help to answer: To what extent, and how, are districts using LCFF funds to support state-funded preschool programs?YOUR LEGACY A short, written product, that summarizes (1) which, and how many districts use LCFF funding to fund preschool programs, (2) promising examples of how they're ensuring that the funding contributes to the success of priority populations, and (3) provide clarity on whether it is appropriate to use LCFF funding towards state preschools.YOUR QUALIFICATIONS
  • Interest in reviewing and analyzing lots of LCAPs
  • Unafraid of education jargon
  • Experience in or desire to enhance experience in qualitative research
OUR COMMITMENT The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!TESTIMONIAL  “I learned to connect the inequities faced by marginalized people to actionable goals that make meaningful change through policy reform and advocacy. I think being an effective leader within California’s system requires an understanding of the entire system. ETW is aware of the history of the education system and the key actors. In identifying the important factors ETW creates a strategy for advocating for change. I learned that as a leader it is important for me to act with intention and strategy down to refining what personal core values motivate my desire to continue to lead within the P-16 education system.” Darielle Blevins, Early Learning Fellow, Summer 2019