Teacher Initiative




Deadline: November 1, 2019 11:59am ET

Send your teacher testimony document in a PDF format to Kurrinn Abrams, NIEA Education Specialist, kabrams@niea.org


Are you an teacher working in a Native-serving school? Write a teacher testimony on your experiences in any of the below categories:

Several chapters include:
  • Recruitment;
  • Preparation;
  • Mentorship;
  • Policy;
  • Human Resource Development & Induction;
  • Professional Development;
  • Pedagogical & Leadership Practices;
  • Educational Impact;
  • Minority-Serving Institutions;
  • Intersectionality; and
  • Retention.

Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color

Teacher Testimony Template

First ask yourself 4 questions:

  1. What am I Trying to say?
  2. What words will express it?
  3. What image or idiom will make it clear?
  4. 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
    • Evidence
    • Evidence
    • Evidence
  • Argument 2:
    • Evidence 
    • Evidence

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.