Teachers need to speak up and take action

Today we feature one of our Ed2Save Fellows, Alexandra Fuentes. She just published an Op-ed in the Alexandria Gazette about the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). She went to Capitol Hill to talk with lawmakers and here are her conclusions:

1. More teachers need to offer solutions rather than just critique.

2. Other states have figured out solutions to the problems that we face.

3. We need to stop accepting excuses and start taking action to make sure that ESEA gets reauthorized.

Read the whole thing here: Op-ed

In addition to being one of the Founding Fellows for Ed to Save the World, Alexandra Fuentes teaches high school biology at TC Williams International Academy in Alexandria, VA. She is a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow Alum, a Knowles Science Teaching Senior Fellow, and a Teacher-in-Residence with Teach Plus where she is in charge of developing and helping to coordinate a Teach Plus alumni network. She was a teacher panelist at the 2013 NBC Education Nation Teacher Town Hall, has written several op-eds, and was featured in a Q&A article by Anya Grottel-Brown titled “Bridging the Gap Between Teachers and the Media.” She also co-directed the musical production of RENT, co-founded a mentoring program for advanced students to work with scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and facilitated the Mentors in Medicine pre-med enrichment program at the DC charter school where she started her teaching career. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

You can read about a project in her biology class here.

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