Our Guiding Principles

Below includes Young Teachers Collective’s Guiding Principles

  • We support teachers’ rights to organize, access to professional autonomy, and voice in decisions that impact them and their students.
  • We support students’ rights to organize and have a voice in their education.
  • We believe that teachers have a responsibility to promote social justice and stand against all forms of oppression including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, etc.
  • We believe that schools should be sites of democratic participation and empowerment for all; students, parents, teachers, and the broader community.
  • We oppose free-market based neoliberal education reforms
    • High-stakes standardized testing
    • Privatization of public education
    • Narrowing of the curriculum leading to the elimination of content areas such as social studies and the arts
  • We believe that teacher education programs should actively work to recruit teachers of color and other marginalized populations as well as provide support to successfully complete their program.
  • We believe in the use of political action and activism as a means to transform the education system. As such, we support ongoing movements that promote social and economic justice.


  • In regards to membership, Young Teachers Collective is a space created for any future and new teachers. We consider a new teacher to be someone who has been teaching for five years or less.

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