The Educator Advancement Council (EAC) is based on the principle that teachers know what they need. With the passage of Senate Bill 182, Oregon committed to centering teacher voices and experiences through the Educator Advancement Council as a way to better support teachers through their professional lives.
The EAC established a set of collective bodies called Regional Educator Networks (RENs) – a decision making body made up of a diverse representation of the region. RENs began the process by taking a deep dive into regional needs and strengths – focusing on amplifying the stories and experiences of regional educators. The needs and strengths of the region guided the RENs as they created detailed implementation plans to better support educators in their region.
EAC and its Regional Educator Networks are delivering on the promise to center teachers and give them the space and time to talk about what improvements they see as needed. By employing data and testing small changes before scaling up, the EAC is saving money, time, and frustration at every level.
There are 10 Regional Educator Networks, each with a coordinating body of 15-40 people in education, philanthropy, administration, and more who largely represent the demographics of students. Despite the pandemic, they have continued to meet weekly or monthly to continue the improvement process. All of the RENs have either identified specific changes to make or completed a logic map for how they are making changes to their system. They are trying out small changes and scaling them up based on what they have learned along the way.
Educators are at the center of this improvement process. This process offers up spaces where educators and others can network, innovate, reflect, communicate, and experience real change.