Community facilitators sought for NEA site

NEA GPS Network

The National Education Association is offering educators the opportunity to become community facilitators for the NEA Great Public Schools Network.

The NEA established the GPS Network website last July to create an active community of educators willing to share their own knowledge of particular topics and seek out resources for others in order to improve public education. Community facilitators find and encourage others in this online community, helping it grow by making it a welcoming place to discuss professional topics.

Some topics — such as classroom management, teacher evaluation, class size and student bullying — are already being discussed in the online community, but members are also encouraged to create their own groups.

Community facilitators are being sought in areas such as achievement gaps, flipping the classroom, ELL/ESL/ESOL/bilingual education, special education and literacy.

A stipend of $2,500 a year will be provided for community facilitators, paid quarterly. Partnerships in which responsibility is shared within a topic area are also possible, with the stipend being split.

Effective facilitators need experience in education, online community engagement and expertise in a particular area in order to create a vibrant exchange of ideas. NEA will provide training in maximizing use of the site and fulfilling the role. Facilitators generally take about seven to nine months, two to five hours a week, to create an effective working group.

Strong written communications skills and digital engagement are important. Applicants should already be actively and successfully engaging in online communities. Submissions will be reviewed beginning Jan. 20, 2014, or until filled.

Applicants should visit the NEA GPS website at www.gpsnetwork.org to read more about the online community and fill out a Submission Request Form. Further questions can be directed to bfrank@nea.org.