CALL FOR TEACHER TESTIMONIES FOR THE HANDBOOK OF RESEARCH ON TEACHERS OF COLOR
Deadline: November 1, 2019 11:59am ET
Send your teacher testimony document in a PDF format to Kurrinn Abrams, NIEA Education Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you an teacher working in a Native-serving school? Write a teacher testimony on your experiences in any of the below categories:
- Human Resource Development & Induction;
- Professional Development;
- Pedagogical & Leadership Practices;
- Educational Impact;
- Minority-Serving Institutions;
- Intersectionality; and
Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color
Teacher Testimony Template
First ask yourself 4 questions:
- What am I Trying to say?
- What words will express it?
- What image or idiom will make it clear?
- Is this image fresh enough to have an impact?
Structure of the Testimony
Introduction (150 words)
- Taking a position around a policy or a research finding; what is you reaction.
- Briefly define and describe position based on your personal experience.
- Use your personal story to describe why this issue is important.
- Identify who you are…why you are an expert.
Factual Arguments to Support Your Position (about 500 words)
- Argument 1
- Argument 2:
To be Sure Paragraph (200 Words)
- Pre-empt any critics of your position by acknowledging any flaws in the argument or any counter arguments
Conclusion (150 Words)
- Circle back to the hook. In this case, the hook is the same as your reaction or stance on the policy, research
- Make it memorable
- Get to the point. Outline most relevant and salient points
Your testimony will work as a closing document for the final section of each chapter. Your voice is a final appeal for a given policy or recommendation. Be bold, be courageous, share your expertise and support your thoughts with evidence. Here are some suggestions for getting started.
- Cite references in endnotes using APA format.
- Strong first two sentences
- Bolster your personal story or anecdotes with research.
- Aim to use short, concise sentences and avoid academic or policy jargon throughout.