The Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute (TALI) is a year-long fellowship for educators from public charter schools. TALI gives teachers from across the state the opportunity to connect with policy and advocacy experts and elected officials in order to strengthen their individual leadership skills and to learn how to become effective advocates for students and families.
TALI fellows receive monthly training that prepares them to elevate their voices and make a lasting impact. They write op-eds, testify at legislative hearings, and share their stories directly with lawmakers. The fellowship also brings together a community of teacher advocates who support each other’s work and share strategies as they fight on behalf of great public schools for all Texas children.
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Prepare students for future successes. Teachers at charter schools prepare students to achieve strong academic outcomes and succeed in college and beyond.
Meet students’ unique learning needs. Teachers at charter schools give each student personal attention to meet them where they are.
Have the flexibility to use creative teaching methods. Teachers at charter schools use creative approaches to tailor teaching to best suit students’ needs.
Bring innovation to public schools. Teachers at charter schools are always working to develop innovative ways to teach every student in ways they learn best.
Bring passion to teaching young people. Teachers at charter schools are passionate, committed educators who can give students the great education they deserve.
Receive support to grow as adult learners. Teachers at charter schools gain valuable skills and knowledge that equip them to give students a high-quality education.
Alexa Burdett, Austin Achieve Public Schools
Amanda Griffin, Meridian World School
Ara Duke, IDEA - Rundberg Public Schools
Catherine Gilkey, Harmony Public Schools
Joseph Frilot, IDEA Public Schools
Judy Moore, Austin Achieve Middle School
Lesley Williams, Goodwater Montessori Public Charter School
Liane Kerkman, Wayside: Sci-Tech High School
Meagan Holmes, Ki Charter Academy
Wendy Riley, Meridian World School
Dallas and Fort Worth
Ariele Kenney, Great Hearts Lakeside
Jamie Thompson-Griffin, Lumin Lindsley Park Community School
Leslie Cook, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
Marquez Davis, KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary
Oliver Perez, Inspired Vision Elementary School
Cristina Ortiz, Howard Burnham Elementary
James Hamilton, DaVinci Charter School
Jose Rivera, Vista del Futuro
Alicia Williams, KIPP Prime College Preparatory
Edwin Munoz, George I. Sanchez Charter School
Javier Herrera, Houston STEM & Early College Middle and Early College High School
Kimberly Burks, Harmony School of Fine Arts & Technology
Rebecca Gieskes, YES Prep - Northside
Trina Crithen-Graham, Beatrice Mayes Institute
Christopher West, Great Hearts Monte Vista North
Katherine Aten, The Gathering Place
Mary Lutka, School of Science & Technology
Rio Grande Valley
Scott Frank, IDEA Frontier College Prep
Brandi Braley, Legacy Prep
Cristina Correa, IDEA
Brooke Lucero, Great Hearts
Mark Rogers, Austin Achieve
Tamira Samuel, YES Prep