Amy Weisberg has taught at Topanga Elementary Charter School for 27 years.
Amy Weisberg, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher for Topanga Elementary Charter School, Los Angeles Unified School District, has been selected by Teach Plus, a national nonprofit that empowers teachers to lead improvements in educational policy and instructional practice. She has been named, along with a group of 25 demonstrably effective teachers from around California for its 2021-2022 Policy Fellowship cohort.
The cohort will focus on a range of issues of importance to Californiaâ€™s teachers, students, and parents. Those issues include equitable school funding, transparency and accountability, the creation of a culturally affirming and anti-racist school climate, strategies for ensuring an excellent, empowered, and diverse teaching force, and high-quality early childhood education.
â€śIâ€™m so excited to have been selected as a Teach Plus Fellow,â€ť says Weisberg. â€śI was encouraged to apply by my friend and colleague, Dr. Nikysha Gilliam, who was a Fellow last year. Though the process was arduous, consisting of a written application, a written analysis of current legislation, an individual interview and a group interview, I found it a good challenge. Now, as a Fellow, I am thrilled to have a voice in state education policy and look forward to this year of learning and growing as an educator, contributing to education policy, and advocating for our students.â€ť
â€śEven though this is one of the most challenging years to be a teacher, these exceptional educators have stepped forward to grow their expertise as advocates for educational equity,â€ť said Sarah Lillis, Teach Plus California Executive Director. â€śI am looking forward to seeing all that we can accomplish together,â€ť
The new Fellows hail from across the state, from Chula Vista in the south to Hamilton in the north, and many communities in between including Los Angeles, Fontana, Sacramento, Merced, Glendale, National City, and Richmond. Their teaching experience ranges from two years to 42 years across traditional public and charter public schools, from transitional kindergarten to high school.
The Fellows were selected through a rigorous application process that required them
to demonstrate effectiveness, commitment to equity, and pursuit of excellence and innovation in their teaching. Throughout the program, the Fellows are trained in policy, advocacy, research, and communications to develop the skills necessary to advocate for changes for Californiaâ€™s students.
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their studentsâ€™ success. Since 2009, Teach Plus has developed thousands of teacher leaders across the country to exercise their leadership in shaping education policy and improving teaching and learning, to create an education system driven by access and excellence for all. teachplus.org