This past December fifteen exceptional education leaders from across the state of Tennessee came together in rural Smithville, Tennessee. Over the course of four days, the Mosaic Fellows learned about one another, and began to explore their own journey and role as education leaders of color. The Mosaic Fellowship is a transformational strategy to develop and connect education leaders of color to enact change and elevate their voices to ensure equity and excellence in education in Tennessee.
“I think this was a profound experience for everyone involved,” said Vilmaris González, engagement & leadership development manager at Conexión Américas. “The rustic setting in rural Tennessee was the perfect backdrop for our Fellows to step away from their daily work and fully immerse themselves in the Mosaic experience,” González continued.
The Smithville meeting is the first of four seminars that will take place over the next year. The Mosaic Fellows are part of an intensive experience that features thought-provoking readings and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change.The Mosaic Fellowship is designed to deeply interrogate and wrestle with the history and trajectory of education within Tennessee and leverage the fellows’ existing skills, knowledge and experiences in order to create change for students in Tennessee.
Together, the Mosaic Fellows form a community of talented leaders whose aim is to develop innovative solutions to complex and entrenched educational challenges in Tennessee. This talented group of leaders of color are reimagining and improving public education in Tennessee, and represent communities that are currently underserved by our public schools.
“Tennessee has seen remarkable transformation in our education landscape over the last decade, yet we still have large groups of students who are being left behind. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that a diverse group of leaders are helping shape and inform solutions to our complex educational challenges,” said Gini Pupo-Walker, Senior Director of Education Policy and Programs at Conexión Américas, “We believe that to create real and lasting impact we must have leaders equipped to lead the change we want to see in our education system. Our goal is to build a cadre of skilled, connected, and empowered leaders that can help move all of Tennessee’s students forward.”
For more information about the Mosaic Fellowship, visit www.tnedequity.org/mosaic-fellowship.