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California Teaching Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that California teachers and students thrive

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 2019 and concluding in September 2020.  
  • 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: 

  • Education policy as a lever for student success
  • Advocacy, including op-ed writing, testifying, and speaking with elected officials and members of the media
  • Current and relevant issues in education policy
  • Teachers as political leaders

Teach Plus works to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level. Through the Teaching Policy Fellowship, Teach Plus has trained over 1,000 teachers across the nation to develop their voice, deepen their advocacy skills, and influence policy on behalf of their students.

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 2019
  • 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 – Submit a brief interest form

Part 2 - 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 July 21, 2019.

Part 3 – Interview  

Finalists will be notified of their status on July 26, and virtual interviews will be held from August 5-9, 2019 .   

Part 4 – Selection

Accepted California Teaching Policy Fellows will be notified on August 16, 2019. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening on the weekend of September 20-21, 2019 and  subsequent monthly sessions.  Teach Plus will provide overnight stay for the kick-off convening.

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