The goal of CHANGEMAKERS is to empower Baton Rouge community leaders from various constituencies with the knowledge and skills to address complex education issues and to work together to ensure equitable access to an excellent school for every student in our community. CHANGEMAKERS will work with participants to heighten awareness and understanding of current and future issues of importance facing education in Baton Rouge. Leaders will be empowered with a deep understanding of the educational challenges and opportunities facing Baton Rouge so that they can effectively share knowledge with others.

Commitment

The program commitment consists of:
● 1 full-day convening with education experts from around the country
● participation in monthly programming sessions
● participation in two excellent schools tour days (visiting 3 diverse school models);
● attendance at one EBR School Board meeting;
● 10 volunteer hours in a school or non-profit group serving students throughout the course of the cohort; and
● 1 out-of-state visit to a community realizing dramatic transformation of its education system. This trip will allow participants to share lessons from the experience and explore excellent school models and innovative governance approaches available in other communities.

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Application Process

Applicants from all segments of the community are encouraged to participate. The ideal class will include individuals with varied educational and cultural backgrounds, who live across the community. Class size is limited. Applicants who have been selected to participate will be notified by email.