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2021-22 Colorado Policy Fellowship

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

You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers in the Centennial State looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession.

What is the Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellowship?
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  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in August 2021 and concluding in June 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 
  • 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 Colorado 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 Colorado. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.

Teach Plus Policy Fellows have: 
  • Met with the United States Secretary of Education.
  • Met with Governor Polis in his office and served on some of his steering committees. Met with Colorado legislators and State School Board members and testified at legislative hearings.
  • Helped create the Colorado Commissioner’s Teach Cabinet
  • Helped to create, testified on behalf of, and advocated for the passage of state legislation dealing with teacher evaluation, teacher workforce, teacher diversity, social and emotional learning, and other issues dealing with equity.   
  • Been published in Chalkbeat Colorado, Christian Science Monitor, National public Radio, and other local and national publications.
  • Presented at major national educational conferences including the American Education Research Association.
Qualifications

Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of Colorado. 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 June 2021.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in traditional public or charter schools in Colorado.
  • 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. 
Know someone who is interested in policy advocacy? Please share this link!
Interested? Email Liz Wolber at lwolber@teachplus.org
Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application (due by May 9, 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 (May 20,21 or 24, 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 Colorado Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kickoff in August 2021.