Training teachers as advocates to ensure that Colorado teachers and students thrive
What is the Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship?*
- A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Colorado 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 August 2019 and concluding in June 2020.
- Three 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 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 Governor Polis in his office. 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.
- Been published in Chalkbeat Colorado, Christian Science Monitor, and other national publications.
- Presented at major national educational conferences
- I am a current teacher of record with at least two full years of teaching experience by August 2019
- I have a track record of success teaching students in Colorado
- I am ready to dedicate my time and passion to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact my students
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.) The application window closes June 28th.
Part 2 – Interview
You will be notified by July 19 if you have been invited to participate in an interview which will take place the week of August 5-9.
Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified by August 13th if you have been selected to join the Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening August 24/25 and monthly sessions throughout the fellowship.
* Pending Final Grant Approval