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2021-22 California Policy Fellowship

You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus California Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding California teachers looking to deepen your knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect your students and the teaching profession.
Training teachers as advocates to ensure that California teachers and students thrive

What is the California Teaching Policy Fellowship?

  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom starting September 2021 and concluding September 2022.
  • In-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), and online monthly virtual sessions.
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required (previous candidates may reapply). 
  • Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment.

What do we 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 California Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. Fellows become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession and educational equity in California. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.

Nationally and locally, Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:

  • Testified in front of the California State Legislature regarding positive school climate, fiscal equity, and the needs of English learners during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Conducted focus groups of teachers of color on their experience and the role of race and identity in education.
  • Led webinars for teachers on meeting the needs of emergent bilingual students during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Testified in front of the California State Board of Education regarding tenure practices.
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office to discuss over-testing in American schools
  • Published opeds in EdSource, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Diego Union Tribune, CalMatters, Learning for Justice, Education Post,  and many other media outlets.


Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of California. Apply to the policy fellowship if you:​

  • Are a current teacher of record (PK-12) with at least two full years of teaching experience by July 2021.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in traditional public or charter schools in California.
  • Are ready to dedicate your time and energy to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact your students -- while continuing to teach full time.
  • Have a passion for sharing the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and teachers with policy makers. 

Interested? Join us for an informational webinar on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 PM PST. Register for the webinar here

Email Sarah Lillis at

Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application (due by July 19, 2021)

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 (August 2-13, 2021)​  

You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a virtual  interview. 

Part 3 – Selection​

You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Teach Plus California Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kickoff in September 2021.