Supporting teacher leaders through the JPEF summer fellowship

The e-cubed summer fellowship is an intensive learning experience that JPEF developed to support teacher leaders in and out of the classroom.

BY ZAK CHAMPAGNE, Director of Teacher Leadership

In just a few weeks, we’ll be welcoming the finalists for the 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year to the second annual e-cubed summer fellowship.

The e-cubed summer fellowship is an intensive learning experience that JPEF developed to support teacher leaders in and out of the classroom. I believe teacher leaders can be powerful forces to help close the opportunity gap in their schools, by mentoring other teachers, advocating for improvements and sharing their perspective on education issues across the district.

This year's summer fellowship will start out with three days in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the fellows will get to know each other and learn with and from James Ford. James Ford was the 2015 North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, and he has done groundbreaking work to make access and equity a priority at the local and state level in North Carolina. We’ll join James as he leads the Critical Consciousness Development Institute at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. I’m really excited that the learning won’t end there -- the finalists will be connecting with him for virtual follow up work throughout the next school year. 

During the second week of the summer fellowship, the finalists will spend a week at JPEF, working with and learning from education advocates across the city of Jacksonville and beyond. The fellows will meet with school board members, education stakeholders and community members. They will also learn more about their individual crafts, and will create a culminating project that will tell the story of their summer fellowship experience. Check out what last year’s e-cubed fellows put together

The fellowship is the culmination of the yearlong series of events we call the EDDYs Experience. The EDDYs Experience is born out of the EDDY Awards, and JPEF developed it to elevate, empower, and celebrate the great teaching and learning that is happening in Duval County Public Schools.

We can’t wait to get to know these incredible educators more closely and to learn with them throughout the fellowship! This year we are excited to be joined by Rachel Duff, Danisha Love, Sarah Pasion and Nakeisha Tinsley. Join us in congratulating the e-cubed summer fellows as they begin their summer learning, and learn more about these outstanding educators in the following videos.


Meet Rachel Duff


Meet Danisha Love


Meet Sarah Pasion



Meet Nakeisha Tinsley



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EDTalks & Action

  • Date: Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
  • Time: 11:30AM
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
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