This fall, Eskolta announced a new fellowship program designed to train school and district-based educators to lead the school change process. Through this program, a cohort of Eskolta Fellows is engaging in a unique learning experience focused on the methods and approaches that have been behind Eskolta’s successful facilitation of school change efforts for the past five years.
The first cohort is a group of New York City school- and district-based educators who have previously been involved in projects with Eskolta. Having thus “apprenticed” with Eskolta, these fellows are now learning methods that Eskolta has developed and implemented in more than 100 projects with schools. These sessions will help them become agents of change in our schools with new practices in action research, improvement science, and inquiry-driven systems thinking.
As the beta cohort, the fellows will engage in eight sessions over the course of the 2015-2016 school year. Session topics include planning long-term school change efforts, researching and designing innovative school practices, piloting design ideas, analyzing and reflecting to refine design ideas, documenting the design process, disseminating learning, and scaling up innovation.
2016 Eskolta Fellows:
- Nazeema Baboolall – School Counselor, New Directions Secondary School
- Marissa Bailey – School Counselor, Soundview Academy
- Lucia Brockway – Teacher, Metropolitan DP
- Dan Chu – Teacher, Murray Hill Academy
- David Donner – Teacher, East Brooklyn Community H.S.
- Jamie Ferrel – Director of Curriculum and Instruction, ROADS Bronx Charter Transfer H.S.
- Michelle Venditti – DOE Instructional Coach, Renewal High School Superintendency
- Andrew Wiza – Teacher, Bronx Arena H.S.
- Michael Wolach – Teacher, Jill Chaifetz Transfer School