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Eight County Teachers Named Educational Policy Research Fellows

Announce Their Plans and Papers for 2010-11


Eight teachers from Santa Barbara County, recently named Teachers Network Fellows for the 2010-11 school year, met to collaborate on important educational issues and plan for individual action research papers.

TNLI Fellows from sites across the country conduct action research projects and prepare reports documenting their findings. They also read and discuss shared journal articles, research educational policy issues, and prepare policy action papers.

Senior Fellows Luke Laurie from El Camino Jr. High School in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Mary Post from Foothill School in the Goleta Union School District, Linda Edwards from Cold Spring School in the Cold Spring School District, Kristin Anderson from Maple High School in the Lompoc Unified School District, and Kristen Burke from Taylor School in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, are returning for their fourth and fifth years in this educational policy research fellowship.

In her second year as a TNLI Fellow, Sonya Morris is from Arellanes Jr. High School in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. New this year is Gail Meehan from the Lompoc Unified School District.

Teachers Network Leadership Institute (TNLI) was established to improve student achievement by bringing the teachers’ voices to educational policy-making, locally and nationally.

In August, the 2010-11 Fellows met with Petti M. Pfau, director of teacher programs for the Santa Barbara County Education Office, for a day-long kick off and planning meeting. Kristen Lewis was introduced as the group’s research advisor. The day was spent collaborating on important educational issues, planning for individual action research papers, and on an education policy report from Senior Fellow Luke Laurie, who spent part of the summer in Washington, D.C. Laurie reported on the Einstein Fellowship 20th Anniversary Summit and on the latest educational policy push by President Barack Obama and United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In addition to writing action research papers from information collected in their classroom, the TNLI fellows narrowed their educational concerns to three teacher “hot topics:”

• Instructional time — namely, the limitations on instructional minutes due to excessive assessment and scripted lessons or restricted schedules;

• Funding issues, including class size, where money is being spent, K-12 vs. higher education, etc.; and

• Teacher/student ratios, including class size, combo classes, educator workload, and instructional aides.

Further information about the TNLI Fellows and the Teachers Network Leadership Institute is available from Petti M. Pfau at the Santa Barbara County Education Office, 964-4710, ext. 5281.

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