Leilani Tanner Award for Grassroots Organizing
Leilani Tanner, a teacher organizer in The Jefferson County Education Association, was a true champion for our students and public education. She passed away on September 27th 2018. Crisis can bring out the best in people. The 2013 Jefferson County School Board election was a setback for the educators, students, parents and community of the school district. The once pro-public education school board was transformed into a hostile and destructive force bent on dismantling our neighborhood schools.This could have been a fatal blow to our district, but many organizers, like Leilani, refused to give this destructive school board majority power. In this contentious time, many superstars emerged from JCEA. Although no one person can take credit for our collective victory, Leilani Tanner’s commitment to the 2015 Jefferson County School Board Recall,is the perfect example of everyday educators standing up, fighting back, and making our organization stronger. This award honors a JCEA member who embodies what it means to be a grassroots organizer, through the actions they have taken to increase capacity and build coalitions to protect public education.
1. JCEA member in good standing. 2. Extensive involvement in organizing. 3. Consistent involvement within JCEA, CEA or NEA activities around organizing. 4. Consistent involvement in organizing around social justice, student rights and teacher rights. 5. Consistent demonstration of concern for the advancement of the teaching profession.
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