Practice Summer Fellowship

Practice Summer Fellowship

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college, and Russlynn Ali served as the founding executive director of Ed Trust–West. ETW exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming public schools into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state policy agenda. To learn more, please visit

Summer Fellows 2019

The Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a 2nd cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2019. The goal of the Fellowship is to support people of color and women entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander educators 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.These positions are full-time, over the course of 8-10 weeks, based in Oakland, California.


Fellows will earn $7,200 for 10 weeks of work, pro-rated if Fellows are unable to work the full 10 weeks.

Practice Summer Fellow

One of Ed Trust-West’s key tactics is building Equity Champions across the state. We do this by supporting and building the capacity of local advocates and practitioners. Building off of an existing landscape analysis, our Summer Fellow on the Practice Team will lead our creation of a Teacher Advisory Board, accomplishing 3 key objectives over the course of the summer:Create a mechanism for reviewing and selecting teacher applicants for our Teacher Advisory Board from across the state of California Execute an Advisory Board kick-off event; and Develop a “Teacher as Advocate” panel or workshop for the Fall Equity Forum


Ideally a current teacher, or recent teacher, in a California public school serving predominantly students of color and low-income students Previous advocacy and/or organizing experience is a plus Available to serve on the Advisory Board during the 2019-2020 school year

Application Process

Please provide a cover letter & resume. Your cover letter should describe your relevant experience and your alignment with the organization’s mission. Priority deadline of March 3, 2019. Applications will still be accepted after this date. Please combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “Practice_Lopez”. If you are interested in applying for multiple Fellowships, please submit a separate application for each with a customized cover letter pertaining to the specific team you are applying to.

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.