West Grand K-8 Principal Buller joins Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship
October 27, 2015
Kremmling – The Colorado chapter of America Achieves has announced that Jess Buller was selected to join the Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship program as a resident fellow for the 2015-16 school year.
Buller is the K-8 principal for West Grand School District.
This 10-month, nonprofit program is the second of its kind offered in three states by America Achieves. The 50 selected educators from across Colorado work to elevate their voices in public conversations about teaching and learning. The Fellowship is designed to help educators assume leadership roles in their communities and influence education policies at the local, state, and national levels.
"I consider it a great privilege to be a voice for education in Colorado," said Buller. "I am hoping that work done through the Fellowship serves as a solid foundation to bring about necessary change."
Participants in the program will become involved in outreach to the media, local and state government leaders, and parent and community organizations. Fellows are expected to devote an average of up to two hours per week to their "educator voice" activities, most of which focus on various ways to broadcast their in-school expertise to the public.
"Whereas the majority of my 'fellows in the field' come from urban areas, one of my main goals is to bring to light the many challenges rural districts face but, more importantly, to promote the great things taking place in these districts," Buller said.
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The Fellowship gives participants a greater opportunity to participate in the important educational conversations that are taking place in the public arena on topics such as the instructional shifts to college and career-ready standards. A primary goal of the Fellowship is to help elevate public perception of the teaching profession.
"This is a rare opportunity for dedicated educators who want to improve the learning environment while, at the same time, elevating themselves professionally," said Rachel Zenzinger, State Manager for Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship. "We are thrilled to welcome Jess Buller as a 2015-16 Fellow in this prestigious program."
Buller has served in the field of education for over 15 years as both a teacher and a principal. His primary goal is to engage educators and administrators to ensure our students are truly successful. A lifelong learner at heart, Jess is always up for a conversation about how we might make necessary change.
The Fellowship focuses on the implementation of college and career-ready standards and empowers outstanding teachers and principals to elevate their voices in public conversations about teaching and learning, assume leadership roles in their schools and communities, and influence education policies at the local, state, and national levels. By including educators in the policy making process, the Fellowship hopes to enhance the public's perception of the teaching profession.