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Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship

Teach Plus Massachusetts offers the Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship to outstanding teachers in the state looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession. The fellowship is open to teachers in the Greater Boston area and to teachers across Massachusetts

What is the Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship? 
  • A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Massachusetts 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 2018 through June 2019. 
  • Fellows stay focused on their classroom and minimize disruptions to their instruction by using a blended learning approach with a combination of monthly virtual and live meetings held after school, or during the weekend. 
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with experts in education policy and key decision makers. 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 and outreach, promoting teacher voice through writing op-eds and speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. We work 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 Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a year-long cohort experience. Fellows become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers in the state to inform the conversation and influence outcomes. 

Our Teaching Policy Fellows have:
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
  • Been named Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year
  • Met with Former U. S. Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and John King
  • Engaged Commissioner Mitchell Chester and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as other state education and political leaders
  • Presented at national and statewide conferences 
  • Been published in Huffington Post, Commonwealth Magazine, Real Clear Education, Education Post, the Boston Globe and several other media outlets
  • Influenced education policy at the local, state and national level.
  • I am a current teacher of record in Massachusetts with at least two full years of teaching experience by August 2018
  • I have a track record of success teaching students in Massachusetts
  • I am ready to dedicate my time and passion to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact my students

The application deadline is Saturday, June 30th at midnight. 

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. Applications are due Saturday, June 30th at midnight. 

Part 2 – Interview 
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in an interview. Interviews will take place mid to end of June. 

Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening August 23rd and 24th (location and more information to follow), monthly sessions throughout the fellowship and participating in working groups to go deep on an issue and advocate for necessary policy changes.

Click here to nominate a teacher!

If you have any questions about applying for the fellowship, please contact Christopher Marino, at