JLI Educator Fellowship

Put Effective Communicators to practice in your classroom

Learn how to prepare your students for communicating in an increasingly complex world. The JLI Educator Fellowship trains and supports middle and high school teachers to lead the Effective Communicators project in their classrooms. Space is limited, so apply today! No journalism experience is required.

About Effective Communicators

The Effective Communicators project supports the teaching of 21st century skills with an engaging student-centered approach. The 45-day standards-aligned, project-based curriculum can be taught within an English Language Arts course or as an elective in 6th–12th grades. All lessons and resources are available through an intuitive online platform. Students who participate emerge as effective communicators by researching, interviewing, writing, and publishing stories about self-selected community issues.

Students will learn

Media Literacy & Ethics – Interpreting and understanding media influences
Interviewing – Cultivating listening, developing rapport, and asking deeper questions
Writing with Clarity – Concise writing and editing for an audience
Research – Distinguishing evidence-based media from opinion, advocacy and misinformation
Publishing – Sharing important information with authentic audiences

Teachers will receive

Lesson Plans
30 Lessons Designed for ELA Classrooms

The standards-aligned ELA unit includes detailed lesson plans, slides, worksheets, videos, podcasts, writing exemplars, assessments.

10 Hours of Professional Development

Self-paced online training helps teachers with no journalism background gain confidence as they unpack instructional materials and build their understanding

Opportunities for Networked Peer Learning

A discussion board connects teachers, including JLI mentors, to a community of peers who are also leading the project.

Explore the learning platform

The online platform offers a simple, organized way to preview, use, download, copy or print the Effective Communicators resources from any device.

View the video walkthrough to discover the wealth of resources including:

Instructor onboarding
Detailed lesson plans
Multimedia support materials including videos, podcasts, and slides
ElA College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards
Discussion board for support
And much more

Hear from teachers and students

About the fellowship

The JLI Educator Fellowship will support a limited number of middle and high school teachers in its 2024-2025 cohort. Admitted teachers receive a $500 stipend for completing training and implementing the project. Teachers can apply a portion of their stipend towards earning one graduate credit (20 professional development units) through the University of Oregon.

The process

The rolling application period is currently open. Once accepted, fellows will follow this process:

Complete approximately 8-10 hours of online teacher training modules
Become members of JLI’s professional learning community, gaining access to resources and peer network at no cost
Review project materials, discuss with school administration, complete paperwork, and are onboarded
Choose when to complete the self-paced online training
Choose which quarter or trimester to lead the Effective Communicators project during the 2024-2025 school year
Receive weekly newsletters and on-demand support from JLI staff
Engage in paid research (optional)
Submit student work for Student Voice Awards (optional)


Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the fellowship.

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