Network for EdWork
Empowering educators and leaders in education.
Formed from a need to dismantle and replace institutionalized racist structures and practices, Network for EdWork provides educators and educational leaders of color with tools to re-think how we can undo oppressive structures. This idea, centered around Liberation Pedagogy, is the heart work of how we operate.
Network for EdWork brings together educators of color in education — providing them with a community to help sustain inclusive and equitable schools for all students and push others to do the same, too. Through our Martinez Fellowship Program and education leaders of color program, we support educators in all stages of their careers, from student teaching through administration.
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Martinez Fellowship Program
The Martinez Fellowship was established in 2008 under Edgar and Holli Martinez’s nonprofit, the Martinez Foundation, with a mission of improving teacher diversity. In 2015, the Martinez Foundation entrusted Technology Access Foundation (TAF) to continue its efforts of diversifying the teacher population.
What We Do
Currently, we have over 180 Martinez Fellows working in school districts and positively influencing more than 16,000 students from some of the most diverse and high-needs schools in Washington State public schools.
TAF is committed to improving teacher diversity and retaining teachers of color in their profession. TAF does this by providing Fellows with the opportunity to network and collaborate with other teachers of color in a trusted community, along with providing high quality professional development designed to complement their university instruction and other district or state supports.
As a member of the Martinez Fellowship Program, you have access to an array of resources and benefits including:
Upon request, TAF supports Fellows in their classrooms by conducting observations and providing feedback to improve teaching and learning.
Assistance with Employment and Placing
TAF staff works with superintendents, principals, and human resource directors in finding Fellows employment in schools and districts that align with their professional aspirations.
The keystone professional development and community-building event for all Martinez Fellows is a three-day conference held each summer in early August. Every year, thought leaders in education from around the state share their experiences and knowledge through interactive workshops, essential to establishing a community of support among Fellows.
Five (5) Saturday seminars are scheduled throughout the year to provide timely professional development from experts in the field, as well as give Fellows opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences.
Many informal gatherings take place throughout the year that allows Fellows to work through issues they may be grappling with, or simply develop deeper connections with one another. These include Cohort meetings, volunteer activities, and opportunities to lead outside of the Fellowship.
Apply to the Fellowship
The Martinez Fellowship is designed for graduate teachers of color. TAF partners with various Washington State college and university programs to source the next cohorts of Martinez Fellows.
For directions to apply, view our How to Become a Fellow PDF.
Overheard from our Community
The Martinez Foundation supports me in so many ways. They encourage my passion for education and keep me motivated. They provide me with professional development to help me hone my craft as teacher. They also give me emotional support, which is often needed in this career. The Martinez Foundation helps me to be the teacher I have always wanted to be and the teacher that all students deserve.Martinez Fellow, Cohort 7
My dream of being a fantastic teacher became a reality the day I became a Martinez Fellow. The foundation is what every teacher needs.Martinez Fellow, Cohort 7
Education Leaders of Color Program
As our group of Martinez Fellows has matured as educators, so have their needs. We noticed that our teachers, particularly those who have taught for a number of years, are grappling with how to effect broader change in our system.
With the Martinez Fellowship Program is on the path to developing a new effort that will target and support all rising education leaders of color in WA State, we decided to expand our programming to include all education leaders of color across Washington state. We believe that as education leadership becomes stronger and more diverse, we will see an improvement in the retention of teachers of color, as well as in the outcomes we realize with students.
Through our education leaders of color program, we relentlessly support the development and sustainability of leaders of color in education to dismantle unjust practices and structures in educational settings, in partnership with school, university, and community organizations and entities. We have created a safe space where leaders of color convene to build trust through shared experiences, advice, encouragement, and mentorship.
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