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California State Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that California teachers and students thrive

The California Teaching Policy Fellowship is a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession. 

The Fellowship offers you the opportunity to expand your influence without leaving the classroom, starting in January 2018 and concluding on or before September 2019.  You will receive a $1,500 stipend for your commitment and will meet in monthly sessions – either in person or virtually – that offer trainings in: 

  • Education policy as a lever for student success
  • Advocacy, including op-ed writing, testifying, and speaking with elected officials and members of the media
  • Current and relevant issues in education policy
  • Teachers as political leaders

You will receive training through expert-led modules and through direct engagement with key stakeholders. There is no policy experience required to apply. Through the Teaching Policy Fellowship, Teach Plus has trained over 1,000 teachers across the nation to develop their voice, deepen their advocacy skills, and influence policy on behalf of their students.

How does it work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects California Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a selective cohort experience. You will work with outstanding peers to develop policy recommendations at the state or district level while learning how to mobilize your peers around critical issues impacting students and  the teaching profession. In addition, you will have a positive impact at your school through a school-based campaign that you will lead. In order to promote your work, Teach Plus will work to bridge the gap between you and key stakeholders and policymakers in California. 


  • I am a current teacher of record or serve an instructional role in a school  with at least one year of teaching experience by August 2017
  • I have a track record of success teaching students in California 
  • I am ready to dedicate my time and passion to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact my students


Application Process

Part 1 – Submit a brief interest form

Part 2 - Written Application

The written application asks you to complete general demographic information, short responses and provide contact information for two professional references (letters of reference are not required). Written applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 11:59pm on November 17, 2017.

Part 3 – Interview  

Finalists will be notified of their status on December 1, and in-person interviews will be held in Los Angeles (to the extent possible, geographically) from December 14-18, 2017.  

Part 4 – Selection

Accepted California Teaching Policy Fellows will be notified on December 22. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening on the weekend of January 20-21, 2018 in Los Angeles and subsequent monthly sessions. Any in-person meetings take place in Los Angeles and Teach Plus will provide overnight stay for the kick-off convening.

Dates and times of trainings and convenings will be announced to finalists in the final stage. 

The Impact of Fellows in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Fellows have authored op-eds and published policy briefs on key issues such as California’s tenure, dismissal and layoff policies. The Fellows have also met with and provided feedback to dozens of policy makers around issues of concern to teachers and the teaching profession.  To date, nine Teach Plus Fellows have been selected as LAUSD Teacher of the Year.

The Impact of Fellows at the State Level

In 2016,Teach Plus and Teach Plus teacher leaders played an integral role in the crafting and introduction of a bill that, for the first time in many years, substantively addressed tenure, layoff, dismissal, and evaluation statutes in California. Teach Plus teachers have built a strong, sustained presence in statewide policy making focused on a strategically chosen group of legislators.

Our Fellows have brought a powerful teacher voice to Sacramento. In 2016 alone:

  • Fellows held 75 meetings with legislative offices
  • 15 California legislators met directly with Fellows
  • Five Fellows gave testimony at the Senate Education Committee hearing 

In 2017, Teach Plus teachers worked with Asm. Shirley Weber on AB 1220, which would make tenure a true earned professional benchmark. Teach Plus Fellows have established a strong presence in Sacramento on this bill through testimonies in committee, meeting with legislators and writing op-eds. The bill will continue to be heard in the 2018 legislative session.

About our Fellows

About our Fellows

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