Open Call for Community Facilitators!


OPPORTUNITY to facilitate CCSS online communities on the GPS Network

Training April 25-27th (tentative) in Washington, DC
qualified expenses (flight, food, etc.) will be covered

Thank you for your interest. The deadline to apply to facilitate the online communities has passed.

We will be in touch with applicants by early April. Training is tentatively scheduled for April 25-28th, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Missed the deadline?
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 *Only NEA-selected facilitators for NEA-defined groups will be paid a stipend.



What is this?

The NEA Great Public Schools Network is a place to share ideas and resources to improve student success.  It is free and open to all!  NEA established the site in July of 2013 and is looking to create active communities working together to improve public education.  Check it out at


What areas of expertise?

We are following the outline of the CCSS:

  • K-12 Math (one facilitator for each grade level) – 13 total
  • K-12 ELA (one facilitator for each grade level) – 13 total
  • Literacy History/Social Studies (6-8, 9-10, 11-12) – 3 total
  • Literacy in Science (6-8, 9-10, 11-12) – 3 total
  • Literacy/Writing (6-8, 9-10, 11-12) – 3 total

What is the online community facilitator’s role?

The facilitator’s role is to lead the online community, to grow and nurture it.  This means making the community exciting, vibrant, and a welcoming place to discuss CCSS content and implementation, share resources, and identified potential virtual events.  Resources may be from NEA, affiliates, or any other reliable sources.

What would your ideal online, community facilitator look like?

Effective community facilitators need to have experience in the grade level and content identified, as well as online community networking in order to create and maintain a vibrant community. Recruiting, creating and building an engaged community takes 7-9 months, 3-5 hours a week. This responsibility spans one year.   Effective communication skills through writing and digital engagement are important. 

Is there training?

NEA will provide training on maximizing the use of the site and fulfilling your role.  The facilitator should already be actively engaged in online communities and have demonstrated successes in this area.  The initial training is tentatively scheduled for April 25th – 27th.  Facilitators will also be expected to attend a training session in late June for 2-3 days (1 day training, 1 day professional opportunity, and 1 meet up with others in your group). Qualified expenses (flight, food, etc.) will be covered.

What is the stipend?

NEA members who are selected to be community facilitators for NEA-defined groups will receive a stipend of $2,500 USD per year.  If you want to share the responsibility with a partner, each stipend would be shared equally ($1,250 each).  Your partner also needs to fill out an application.  The community you facilitate has to be active, and so do you, to get paid.  Our benchmark is that to build a great community usually takes 3-5 hours a week and takes about 7-9 months.  You may also be asked to share the responsibility with a partner.