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Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship

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

What is the Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship? 

  • A highly selective teacher leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers in Massachusetts looking to share and deepen their knowledge around education policy and promote teacher voice and advocacy in policy discussions that affect students and the teaching profession. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in September 2019 and concluding in June 2020.  
  • We work to allow teachers to stay focused on their classroom and minimize disruptions to their instruction by having a 2-day kick-off in September, followed by monthly sessions held in the evenings from 5:00 to 8:30 in-person or virtually.
  • 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 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. You will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership focused on creating excellent and equitable education experiences for all students. This year we are seeking educators and Teach Plus alumni who are interested in engaging the education community and public around topics such as promoting diversity in the teacher workforce; identifying and implementing high quality, culturally competent curriculum; advocating in the early education space; and developing best practices in implementing SEL in our schools. In addition, we will learn and apply design-thinking concepts in addressing a school or district-based challenge that fellows would like to solve. 

Our Teaching Policy Fellows have:
  • Been named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  • Met and engaged with local, state and national education and political leaders to advocate for proactive, solutions-oriented change in our schools
  • Published writings in the  Commonwealth Magazine, Education Post, the Hechinger Report, HuffingtonPost, Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe and several other media outlets. 
  • Spoken at local, state and national legislative hearings and at education conferences to assure that practitioners’ voices are heard in the policy-making process.
  • Presented at national and statewide conferences
Qualifications 
  • I am a current teacher of record in Massachusetts with at least two full years of teaching experience by August 2019.
  • 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.
Application Process:

Part 1 – Written Application
The written application asks you to complete general demographic information, short responses and a signed form from a supervisor/principal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the final application deadline of Sunday, August 18th

Part 2 – Interview 
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in an interview. Interviews will take place August 18th - 30th. 

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 on September 13th and 14th, monthly sessions throughout the fellowship, and participating in working groups to go deep on an issue and advocate for necessary policy changes.

2019-2020 Commonwealth Policy Fellows Session Calendar

If you have any questions about applying for the fellowship, please contact Christopher Marino, at cmarino@teachplus.org