Teach Plus Indiana offers two Teaching Policy Fellowships to outstanding teachers in the state looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession.
Launched in 2009, the Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellowship offers excellent teachers an unprecedented opportunity to influence key education policy issues.
Our newly-launched Indiana Teaching Policy Fellowship trains teachers to engage with state legislators and advocate for change at the state level. Learn more about the Indiana Teaching Policy Fellowship here.
The Fellowship Experience
The Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellowship works with 30 solutions-oriented teachers in Indianapolis on core issues that affect the city, its 11 school districts and public charter schools. In Indianapolis Public Schools, our teachers played a key role in the first teacher pay raise in five years, and the creation of student-centered teacher leadership roles.
Our Fellows have trained over 300 Indianapolis educators in Advocacy Storytelling, conducted a compensation simulation with 150 IPS teachers, and have testified at IPS school board meetings. Our city educators have been published in the Indianapolis Recorder, Huffington Post, the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis Business Journal, and Nuvo.
About Our Policy Fellows
Indianapolis Fellows continue to publish policy briefs and author op-eds on key issues such as Indianapolis teacher retention, evaluation, compensation, teacher preparation programs, and student social justice. Our most recent brief highlights the findings from focus groups on teacher evaluation in IPS and offers recommendations on ways to improve the current evaluation process in Indianapolis.
Our Fellows are recognized across Indianapolis as leaders within their schools, districts, and communities.
Ten Fellows have been named Teacher of the Year in their districts and schools
- In 2014, Fellowship alum Tina Ahlgren won the Hubbard Life Changing Teacher Award
- In 2015 and 2016 respectively, Fellowship alums Melissa Scherle and LaMeca Perkins-Knight were named finalists for the Hubbard Life Changing Teacher Award
- In 2016, alums Edward Rangel and Melissa Scherle were named to the ISTEP Panel, the group responsible for helping Indiana change its testing system
- In 2016, alum Emanuel Harper met with US Secretary of Education John King on how to reduce time students spend on assessment