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Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship

2017 Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellows with Commissioner of Education, Dr. Ken Wagner, following his State of Education address in Lincoln, RI.
2017 Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellows with Commissioner of Education,
Dr. Ken Wagner, following his State of Education address in Lincoln, RI
What is the Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship?
  • A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding middle and high teachers in Rhode Island looking to share and deepen their knowledge around equity and student centered personalized learning while promoting teacher voice and advocacy in policy discussions that affect students and the teaching profession. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in June 2018 and concluding in June 2019.  
  • 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, writing op-eds, engaging decision makers, 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 local, state and national 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 the issues of equity, student centered personalized learning and other 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 Hechinger Report, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe and several other media outlets. 
  • Spoken at local, state and national conferences.
  • 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

The application deadline is Sunday, March 18th at midnight.

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.) Applications are due Sunday, March 18th at midnight. 

Part 2 – Interview 

You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a virtual interview. Interviews will take place the week of April 9th.

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 in August, monthly sessions throughout the fellowship and participating in working groups to go deep on an issue and advocate for necessary policy changes.


Click here to nominate a teacher!

If you have any questions about applying for the fellowship, please contact Sasha Zuflacht, at