Lifting Educator Voice Project


With generous support from Duke University's Office of Faculty Advancement, Duke's Program in Education, TeachHouse, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity are pleased to support educator-led action research projects that address racial and social equity issues within Durham Public Schools.

This proposed project will pilot a University-Assisted Community School (UACS) Model with DPS and will focus on further empowering educators within these schools as they work to provide equitable educational experiences for children and youth. Leveraging the infrastructure of Duke TeachHouse, emphasis will be placed on equipping educators with the skills to effectively engage in action research so they can more nimbly respond to locally identified needs, engage in collaborative leadership, and contribute to policy formation and implementation that addresses racial and social equity within their schools and beyond.

Project Goals

Voice - Empower teachers through engagement in education policy development and implementation.

Leadership - Promote a collaborative leadership framework in schools that is inclusive of all school stakeholders.

Equity - Support educator-led action research projects that address racial and social equity issues within schools.

Educator Benefits
  • Technical assistance and support from Duke Faculty and Staff.
  • Up to $2,000 per project to launch and/or scale equity-focused projects.
  • Up to $1,000 honorarium for educators leading each project.
  • Six professional development sessions that focus on collaborative leadership, teachers as policy actors, and action research. $50 stipend per session for educators.
Duke Team Leaders

Kristen Stephens, Ph.D.
Jan Riggsbee, Ed.D.
Amy Anderson, Ph.D.
Alec Greenwald
Erica Phillips

Download Informational Flyer Here.