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Teaching Policy Fellowship Colorado

Training teachers as advocates so teachers and students thrive in Colorado

Teach Plus Colorado offers the Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship to outstanding teachers in the Centennial State looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession. 

What is the Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellowship?
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and engage directly with key decision makers, expanding their influence without leaving the classroom.
  • Fellows use a blended-learning approach that includes monthly virtual meetings and in-person meetings three times a year in Denver.  
  • Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment. ​​

What does Teach Plus do?

Teach Plus trains teachers in understanding education policy as a lever for student success, community organizing and outreach, promoting teacher voice through writing op-eds and policy briefs, speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. We work to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level. 
 
How does it work? 
 
Teach Plus Colorado recruits and selects Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a year-long cohort experience. Fellows become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers in the state to inform the conversation and influence outcomes. 
 
Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows have: 
  • Testified before the education committees of the Colorado Legislature in opposition to legislation that would have eliminated student data used in teacher evaluation.
  • Met with Commissioner Katy Anthes and collaborated on creating the Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet.  Two Colorado Policy Fellows are current members of the Cabinet.  
  • Published a policy brief that made recommendations to the state on its ESSA plan. 
  • Published op-eds in the Christian Science Monitor, Chalkbeat Colorado, and other media.