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Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that Rhode Island teachers and students thrive
What is the Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship?
  • A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding middle and high school teachers in Rhode Island looking to share and deepen knowledge around personalized learning and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in April 2017 and concluding in December 2017.  
  • We work to allow teachers to stay focused on their classroom and minimize disruptions to their instruction by using a blended learning approach with our monthly sessions held virtually, after school, or during the weekend. 
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required. 
  • 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, writing op-eds and speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. Teach Plus works to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level.

How does it work? 

Teach Plus recruits and selects Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. You will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize your peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession in Rhode Island. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation. 

Teach Plus Policy Fellows have: 
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
  • Joined Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as part of the  U.S. Department of Education’s official delegation to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
  • Been published in Commonwealth Magazine, Education Post, the Boston Globe and several other media outlets. 
  • I am a current middle or high school teacher of record in Rhode Island with at least two full years of teaching experience
  • I have a track record of success teaching students in Rhode Island
  • I have experience or demonstrated interest in personalized student centered learning 
  • 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.) 

Part 2 – Interview 
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in an interview. 

Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening at the beginning of April (exact date TBD) and monthly sessions throughout the fellowship.


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