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California Teaching Policy Fellowship

Teach Plus California offers the Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellowship to outstanding teachers in the Golden State looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession.

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) presents an unprecedented challenge and disruption to the continuity of schooling and education for our nation’s students. It has impacted educators, families, parents, and entire communities, with three in every four school-aged children facing school closures across most states and thousands of school districts.  

Our focus at Teach Plus will always be the growth and support of excellent teachers in their leadership. We are moving forward with selecting excellent teachers for the next cohort of our California Policy Fellowship. Through the Fellowship, we develop, support, and empower some of California's best teachers to become advocates for their students by developing specific policy recommendations that will improve educational systems for all children across the state.

What is the California Teaching Policy Fellowship?

  • 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. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in September 2020 and concluding in September 2021.  
  • At least two in-person training sessions, and online monthly virtual sessions
  • 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 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 Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a selective cohort experience. You will work with outstanding peers to develop policy recommendations at the state or district level while learning how to mobilize your peers around critical issues impacting students and  the teaching profession.  In order to promote your work, Teach Plus will work to bridge the gap between you and key stakeholders and policymakers in California. 

Teach Plus teachers have:

  • Met with California legislators and staff, spoken at hearings, and proposed policy solutions to the California state and district policymakers.
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
  • Joined Secretaries of Education as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s official delegation to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession.
  • Been published in the Sacramento Bee, Education Week, EdSource, Modesto Bee, LA School Report, and others, and have been interviewed on television and radio.


Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity of our state. Apply if you:

  • I am a current teacher of record or serve an instructional role in a school with at least two full years of teaching experience by September 2020
  • I have a track record of success teaching students in California 
  • 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 June 22, 2020.

Part 2 – Interview  

Finalists will be notified of their status on July 3, and virtual interviews will be held from July 5-10, 2020.   

Part 3 – Selection

Accepted California Teaching Policy Fellows will be notified on July 17, 2020. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening on the weekend of September 12-13, 20120 and subsequent monthly sessions.

Dates and times of trainings and convenings will be announced to finalists in the final stage. ​ ​