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Teaching Policy Fellowship New Mexico

Through our programs, Teach Plus works with hundreds of teachers every year across the country to advance education policy and practice. This year, we are excited to begin working with teachers across New Mexico to become powerful leaders beyond the classroom for students and the teaching profession.

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that New Mexico teachers and students thrive

The New Mexico 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 October 2016 and concluding on or before July 2017.  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

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 New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a selective cohort experience. You will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership while learning how to mobilize your peers around critical issues impacting students and  the teaching profession. Teach Plus will work to bridge the gap between teachers and key stakeholders and policymakers in New Mexico. 

Qualifications 

  • I am a current teacher of record or serve an instructional role in a school  with at least three full years of teaching experience by August 2016
  • I have a track record of success teaching students in New Mexico 
  • 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 – 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 September 9, 2016.

Part 2 – Interview 
Finalists will be notified of their status on September 14, and in-person interviews will be held in New Mexico (to the extent possible, geographically) during the week of September 18-24, 2016.  

Part 3 – Selection
Accepted New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellows will be notified on September 28. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening on the weekend of October 8-9, 2016 and subsequent monthly sessions. Any in-person meetings with take place in Albuquerque 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.