Parent Voices Fellowship

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We are looking for challengers, champions, and change-makers.

If you are an irrational optimist with the heart and the courage to use your voice to influence systemic change in education, we are looking for you.

An ideal candidate for our Fellowship:

  • Is a public school parent

  • Passionately defends the potential of all kids

  • Has demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to civic engagement

  • Employs creativity and purposeful obstinance in the face of challenges or failures

  • Views tension and discomfort as natural precursors to growth

  • Willingly explores the implications of race and poverty on educational outcomes

If it sounds like you could fit in here, we invite you to join our movement. You can find our application here.

Leadership ISD is a journey. It’s a tremendous opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the public education ecosystem. The knowledge, experience, and connections gained through the program enabled me to successfully influence the adoption of Dallas ISD’s District of Innovation policy.
— Mita Havlick (Dallas '17), Parent

PARENT Voices Fellowship Commitments

We know that our Fellows are busy parents and civic leaders who have many responsibilities. We pledge to use our time together with utmost efficiency and maximum meaning so we can achieve remarkable results in limited time. Your presence in the Fellowship is not just about what you will get out of the program, it is about what you will give. As a Fellow you will be 1/40 of the cohort, and a session will be incomplete without you there.

Attend Orientation and monthly evening seminars.
Each session runs from 5:30-8:30pm. Dinner and childcare are provided. [2018-19 Dallas schedule]

Complete pre-session work.
Pre-session materials will be posted at least a week before a meeting, should take no more than 2 hours to complete, and will provide background information on the upcoming session topic.

Attend a school board briefing/meeting.
Board meetings are held by school districts each month. You may attend a board meeting for any district in the county.

Participate on an Action Team.
The cohort will be broken up into small action teams focused on helping to propose, pass, or evaluate a policy to eliminate disparities and improve student outcomes. The time commitment will vary depending on the scope and timeline of the project, but will be around 3-5 hours per month.