Educators 4 Excellence began as a group of New York teachers who wanted to change the top-down approach to policy-making, which largely alienated teachers like us from crucial decisions that shaped our classrooms and careers. So, they started organizing with other like-minded and equally frustrated teachers. They were from diverse schools and backgrounds, yet united by a common set of beliefs to strengthen the power and role of teachers in school policy. Word began spreading, and before long, thousands of teachers had signed their Declaration and began collaborating to lift student achievement and the teaching profession. In just one year, they have grown into a national movement of teachers leading the charge to change our education system. Today, E4E teachers are all over the country learning about education policy, connecting with like-minded colleagues, and taking action to ensure that our classroom experience informs the decisions that impact out profession and our students. Over 12.000 educators nationally are engaged in their work to learn about, network around, and take action upon issues facing their students and their profession. They unite teachers from diverse school settings and backgrounds, knowing that each member shares a commitment to see students succeed and that their combined experiences make their collective voice even stronger.