Over the past four years, Dallas has seen progress in getting people devoted to the success and progress of our students elected to the DISD school board. Tangible results such as passing and implementing the nation’s most comprehensive teacher and principal evaluation system, the creation of the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) schools, and record Pre-K enrollment and gains have occurred in the last four years. Continued success depends on strong leadership and governance. We believe that electing and supporting people focused on making decisions with the best interests of our students in mind and elevating the profession of teaching is not a want...it is a need.
In service of that goal, the Campaign Activity and Manager Program (CAMP) Fellowship has been created to train city influencers to support the process of local elections. The CAMP Fellowship is a competitive opportunity and paid program focused on training Dallas leaders committed to a better future for Dallas students; equipping participants with the necessary skills to support elected officials and candidates seeking office. Fellows will gain exposure to leaders of non-profits, for-profit firms, current officials, media, candidates, and community organizers with decades of experience in Dallas politics and education related activities. The 20-person cohort will follow a nine-month curriculum designed to support and develop essential skills for effective campaign communication and field leadership. The skills developed throughout the fellowship will be applied in real time, and Fellows will actively engage in the May 2017 school board elections. Fellows will build lasting colleagues/friendships, be compensated for their time and gain skills that can be applied to any future endeavor.
Deadline for Application: September 11, 2016 by 11:59 PM CST
Duration of Program: The CAMP Fellowship will run from September 25 and end on May 31. It is part-time and most programming will occur on weekends and/or evenings.
Vision: Every elected official influencing education in Dallas will govern in the best interest of all students.
Mission: Develop effective future Dallas education leaders through a rigorous field/campaign curriculum and exposure to the local political and education landscape.
Relentless Pursuit of Results
Learning and Continuous Improvement
Program Requirements & Benefits > Requirements
Attend training sessions (there are two sessions per a month, held every other Sunday evening through May 31)
Attend Kick-Off Session September 25th (3PM - 7PM)
100 hours of campaign services during the 2017 election cycle OR approximately 9 hours per week from March-May
30 hours of community service (2 hours every other week)
Mandatory participation on election day and the day prior
Participate in a community service organization focused on Dallas students
Participate in the interview process for candidates by Dallas Kids First
Support candidates endorsed by Dallas Kids First to victory
All CAMP Fellows that meet program requirements will be eligible for up to a $3000 total stipend distributed over the nine-month program.
Personal interaction with influencers in Dallas education and politics
In-depth knowledge of local campaign tactics, strategies, and techniques
Stipend competitive with standard campaign compensation
Individual support in developing a personal campaign style
Connection with a close-knit cohort of people dedicated to a better future for Dallas students