Academies

Academies are year-long cohort opportunities for deep learning, skill development, local implementation, and development of leadership skills.

Current Opportunities:

Educator Empowerment Academy: The Educator Empowerment Academy is designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills to support teams as they tackle a specific disrupted learning problem in their own context. Academy participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the principles and mindsets of improvement and learn ways to operationalize equity while they work to solve their disrupted learning problem
  • Learn how to effectively use tools and processes of improvement design and implementation
  • Increase facilitation, coaching, and leadership skills to work with diverse groups of adults

Why an Educator Empowerment Academy?

  • Provides resources and support for participants to take action on a disrupted learning problem of practice. Our union listened to educators' needs and is providing immediate, on-the-ground support for a crucial issue.
  • Empowers participants to take action on the things that matter to them
  • Uses engagement strategies that build coalitions with students, families, and communities.

What does this look like in action?

  • Each UniServ (region) has one team of three people to attend five learning sessions (see below for when/where).
  • Teams can be comprised of members from one school, one local, or across the UniServ.
  • Teams identify a specific problem of practice they would like to solve; they get a coach to help them apply the learning from the sessions to create and implement a plan of action back at home.
  • OEA pays travel expenses (mileage, hotels, some meals, etc.) for each team to attend
  • OEA grants each team $5000 to use toward solving their identified problem
  • Participants will be eligible for CPDUs and/or graduate credit.
  • Participants’ Commitment: attend all learning sessions , participate in monthly team calls with your coach, and follow through with your action plan in between meetings.

When are the sessions?

  • Session 1: Nov. 7th & 14th, 9a-2p, & Nov. 10th 5:30p-8:30p
  • Session 2: Jan. 16th & 23rd, 9a-2p both days
  • Session 3: Feb. 13th & Mar. 6th, 9a-2p both days
  • Session 4: Apr. 3rd & 10th, 9a-2p both days
  • Session 5: Jun. 5th & 12th, 9a-2p both days

Next steps:

Year 2 Educator Empowerment Academy: For teams who have already completed a full year of Educator Empowerment Academy.

When are the sessions?

  • Welcome to Year 2: Oct. 6th, 5-8p
  • Session 1: Feb. 20th & 27th, 9a-2p both days
  • Session 2: July 26th, 9a-4p

Coaching for Empowerment Academy: OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools (CGPS) takes in nominations each summer from OEA member leaders and staff to participate in our annual Coaching for Empowerment Academy. Twenty OEA members from around the state will be chosen to participate in this exciting opportunity from August 2020 - May 2021. Applications (closed for 20-21) were due July 10, 2020.

What is the Coaching for Empowerment Academy?
The Academy is designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills to support union, school, or district teams as they tackle specific problems in their own context. Using OEA’s Empowerment Process, Academy participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the principles and mindsets of continuous improvement, community-based organizing, and human-centered design, while learning ways to operationalize and center equity, attending to dynamics of race, culture, class, and power.
  • Learn how to effectively coach others to:
    • Frequently and authentically collect and design with a human-centered approach
    • See the system that is causing problems and to find system-based improvement ideas
    • Implement continuous improvement cycles that start with high quality improvement ideas and follow a meaningful plan-do-study-act cycle
    • Use the collective tools and processes of OEA’s Empowerment Process
  • Increase facilitation, coaching, and leadership skills to work with diverse groups of adults
  • Be prepared to facilitate teams through an entire empowerment journey

When are the sessions?

  • Session 1: Aug. 4th & 5th, 9a-12p both days
  • Session 2: Oct. 10th & 17th, 2-5p both days
  • Session 3: Dec. 2nd, 5:30-8:30p, Dec. 5th 9a-12p
  • Session 4: Feb. 20th & 27th, 2-5p both days
  • Session 5: May 1st & 8th 9a-12p both days

For more information, see the Coaching For Empowerment Academy Flier.