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Indiana Teaching Policy Fellowship

Equipping teachers to be advocates for teachers and students across Indiana.

The Teach Plus Indiana Teaching Policy Fellowship is a selective leadership opportunity available to high quality teachers across the state. We invite you to apply if you are a great teacher looking to deepen your knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect Indiana’s students and the teaching profession.

What is the Indiana Teach Plus Policy Fellowship?

Our Policy Fellowship offers teachers the opportunity to expand their influence without leaving the classroom. The Fellowship runs June 2021- June 2022 and selected Fellows will:  

  • Participate in two in-person training sessions (pending COVID-19 restrictions), 
  • Engage in monthly virtual meetings, and smaller issues-focused working groups
  • Receive a stipend for their commitment. 
  • Gain an understanding of policy advocacy - no prior policy experience is required to apply.

What does Teach Plus do?

Teach Plus builds teachers’ understanding of education policy and promoting teacher voice. We work to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level. Fellows are trained through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders in our monthly virtual sessions that focus on:

  • Education policy as a lever for student success
  • Community organizing
  • Op-ed writing and speaking with media
  • Advocacy - providing public testimony and speaking with elected officials
  • Current and relevant issues in education policy

How does it work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a selective cohort experience and works to bridge the gap between teachers and key stakeholders and policymakers in Indiana.  As a Fellow, you will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership while learning how to mobilize your peers around critical issues impacting equity for students and the teaching profession in Indiana. You will work in groups with fellow teachers to advocate on behalf of your students. 

Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellows have:

  • Met with Indiana legislators and staff, spoken at hearings, and proposed policy solutions to the Indiana General Assembly
  • Helped successfully advance legislation to improve teacher preparation, inform teacher retention, and enable expanded opportunities for Indiana educators. 
  • Elevated the voices of Indiana educators in decisions around ILEARN, STEM access, and the final approved ESSA plan
  • 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.
  • Fellows publish policy briefs and author op-eds on key issues such as teacher retention, evaluation, compensation, teacher preparation programs, and student social justice. The op-ed have been published in Chalkbeat, the Huffington Post, the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Indianapolis Recorder, the Indianapolis Star, and Nuvo.

Qualifications 

Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state. To apply to the Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a current teacher of record (PK-12) 
  • Have at least two full years of teaching experience by August 2021.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students
  • Be 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.

Interested? Email Yohan Chang at ychang@teachplus.org

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 (letters of reference are not required.) 

Part 2 – Interview 

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 Indiana Policy Fellowship. Pending public health measures, the Fellowship Kick-off will take place tentatively in-person in June in Indianapolis, IN. Otherwise it will occur virtually. Understanding that we are still navigating uncertainty, we are working to finalize dates and format of future convenings as we are able. 

Application Timeline*

  • Applications Due - April 11
  • Virtual Interviews - May 3-14th
  • Final Decision Notification - May 21st

*All stated days and times are subject to change

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