Historically, the Chad Wick Award for Social Justice sought to recognize a school that made noteworthy progress towards closing opportunity gaps for students of color and students in poverty. However, in 2017 the New Tech Network decided it needed to make a more intentional effort to develop awareness throughout the Network of educational inequities in the form of opportunity gaps. Additionally, New Tech Network wanted to do more to increase the capacity of school-based educators to mitigate opportunity gaps for their students.
In 2018 the award is being relaunched as the Chad Wick Fellowship, designed to recognize and support a cohort five teachers from across the network. New Tech Network will look for teachers who demonstrate/embody the following to be members of the inaugural cohort.
- A desire to grow their knowledge of educational inequity and its manifestations in K-12 public schools
- A desire to increase their capacity to address educational inequity, specifically opportunity gaps, in their local school/community
- A willingness to embrace a leadership/advocacy role as it relates to educational equity in the local school/community and in the New Tech Network
As a cohort, the Chad Wick Fellows will work to…
- Engage in deep learning and thinking educational equity
- Identify strong equity-based practices from around the Network and share/teach those practices with the New Tech Network
- Form a growing community/network of teachers within the New Tech Network who actively work to advance educational equity in their local schools.
Applications will open soon!