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The EdAmbassadors initiative seeks to amplify the voices of educators – those with the greatest insights into the policies and practices most impacting students, educators, schools, and our state.

The EdAmbassadors initiative has three primary goals

1) Engage educators in EdNC and Reach NC Voices initiatives

2) Connect educator-driven networks to share skills, experiences, stories, and perspectives about policies and practices that most impact students and their work

3) Elevate the voice of educators to enhance, deepen, and diversify EdNC work

The design and work of EdAmbassadors will be led by an advisory board of educators from across North Carolina, representing a range of experiences, perspectives, and interests. For its initial year, the advisory board has selected three focus areas aligned with its goals of engaging stakeholders, connecting classrooms, and elevating teachers across the state.

School + Community Initiatives of Success: Showcase educator-selected stories and learning opportunities to inform and inspire.

Classroom + Instructional Tools of Success: Develop an accessible platform of educator-identified instructional practices to feature teachers who transform classrooms by bridging research and practice.

Gathering  + Learning: Lead convenings of educators to facilitate collaboration and development around educator identified topics.

Meet the first 10 EdAmbassadors

Douglas Price and Erica Everett. Nate Barilich/EducationNC

Are you an educator and want to be involved? Email edambassadors@ednc.org for more information, join below and follow us on Twitter at @EdAmbassadorsNC.

This is just the beginning for EdAmbassadors. In our first year, we hope to continue to develop and explore how to involve all teachers around North Carolina. If you are interested in being part of the conversation and becoming part of the effort, join below.

George Barilich

George “Nate” Barilich is an English and film teacher at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh. He also serves as director of Enloe Charity Ball leading high school students in local philanthropy. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, and a member of the inaugural class of Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Fellows. Nate currently serves as an Executive Fellow at EducationNC. Raised in Onslow County, Nate loves all things Eastern North Carolina: salt water, oysters, and vinegar BBQ.