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Teaching Policy Fellowship Maryland

Engaging Maryland teachers to advocate for policies that matter to Maryland students

Teach Plus Maryland provides an opportunity for Maryland teachers to learn about advocacy and to engage deeply on policy issues, such as resource equity and school funding.

What is the Teach Plus Maryland Fellowship?

  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with policymakers, advocates, and education policy experts
  • Fellows expand their influence and amplify teacher voice without leaving their classrooms. 
  • The first cohort of Teach Plus Maryland Fellows worked on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and with the State Board of Education on its implementation; on Maryland’s Protect Our Schools Act, and on the Maryland Education Development Collaborative. The second cohort of Fellows will launch in 2018 and will focus on helping the state rewrite the education funding formula in ways that are fair and equitable through the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.  
  • Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment. 

What does Teach Plus do?

Teach Plus supports teachers in understanding education policy, advocacy and research, and trains teachers on how to effectively use their voice in organizing and outreach. This includes writing op-eds and speaking to the media, as well as providing testimony and feedback on legislation.  Past Fellows have testified before the Maryland state legislature, the Maryland State Board of Education, and have served on panels with former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. Teach Plus works to connect teachers to meaningful opportunities to influence policies that will impact their students and schools. 

How does it work?

Teach Plus Maryland recruits high-performing, committed teachers from across the state to join the Teach Plus Maryland Teaching Policy Fellows. The Fellows meet once a month in person, and work together to influence policy and mobilize their peers around issues that impact our schools and profession. 

Fellows inform key policy decisions and share their perspectives with policy leaders including members of the General Assembly, State Senate, state and local superintendents, and the State Board of Education, as well as work with other advocacy organizations to promote positive policies that will improve results for students and elevate teacher voice. 

Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows have:

  • Testified before the State Senate on the importance of desegregating schools 
  • Created a state accountability plan for ESSA that was nationally-recognized by the Fordham Institute
  • Testified before the Maryland School Board of Education with recommendations for how the state can improve student learning through the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Developed recommendations for school reports cards that are under consideration by the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Written and published op-eds in the Baltimore Sun on issues ranging from school culture to fair funding for high poverty schools to desegregation of our schools