TDP fellows are Baltimore City teachers and education activists who work on social justice issues at the classroom level and in the city as a whole. Fellows typically have at least 3 years experience in a City school. They are looking for a way to connect to other activist teachers in order to work together on substantive change. Fellows commit to attending the Summer Institute and Workshops; participating in Inquiry-to-Action Groups during the school year; publishing blogs, videos, other writing; attending TDP Community Events; going to conferences; and participating in our action research project. The application process involves completing a detailed online application and participating in an hour-long interview.
Being a TDP fellow means that you want to be an education advocate; you want to be part of a group of like-minded teachers who are working together on projects; you want to be teaching using some kind of social justice curriculum and pedagogy; and you are willing to devote some time to TDP group projects and events. Fellows are eligible for stipends, conference travel awards, access to the library and video equipment, and one-on-one support from program staff. They are required to complete an application, take part in an initial interview, and participate in follow up surveys. This year we have cohort II fellows in addition to cohort I fellows who both participate and act as mentors/facilitators.
COHORT I FELLOWS:
Lead workshops in summer and school year; participate in 2 Community Activities a month; prepare and deliver conference presentations; attend 3 Major TDP events (Oct, Jan, and Jun); participate in Beginner Video Production; participate in Intermediate Video Production
COHORT II FELLOWS:
Participate in the Summer Institute; attend 2 TDP Community Activities a month (all year); participate in the Introductory and Beginner video group (August and winter); participate in two curriculum and education advocacy workshops (fall and spring); attend 3 Major TDP events (Oct, Jan, and Jun); participate in Intermediate Video Production (by invitation)
TDP Associates are teachers and education activists who want to participate in TDP events, attend workshops, write blogs, and connect to other teachers, but without making an upfront time-commitment. There are no requirements other than a desire to help grow a grassroots community of teacher and education activists in Baltimore City who discuss, make sense of, and react to current school reform efforts as they play out in the classroom and in the larger political scene. The application process involves completing a brief online application.
Being a TDP associate allows you to pick and choose from a menu of activities while becoming familiar with the program. Associates have access to the library and video equipment (following the introductory video training) and may be eligible for travel awards to East coast conferences.