Texas Education Policy Consultant

Texas Education Policy Consultant

(Remote in Houston, TX)

Our Mission

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. Since 2009, Teach Plus has developed thousands of teacher leaders across the country to exercise their leadership in shaping education policy and improving teaching and learning to create an education system driven by access and excellence for all.

What We Do

At Teach Plus, we advance teacher leadership student opportunities and outcomes. When we invest in developing our most talented teachers into teacher leaders who are well-informed, persuasive, and prepared to lead, they can advance equity for students, especially for students of color, low-income students, and those from underserved communities. To close the opportunity gap and to ensure equitable access to world-class education for all students in the schools and communities we serve, we ignite systems change at multiple levels through our Policy Fellowship and Instructional Leadership programs designed to inspire and equip teachers. We are committed to leading change in our Equity Focus Areas: High-quality early childhood education; Recruitment and retention of a diverse teaching force; Rigorous curricula, high standards, and meaningful accountability; Teacher preparation, development, and leadership; Whole child, student-centered learning; and Equitable Funding.

What You’ll Do

The Texas Education Policy Consultant will support the team in launching the Houston Policy Fellowship (HPF), serving as a strategic thought partner and connector for the Houston Policy Manager during Phases I and II of the program (Spring 2023 to Summer 2024). In partnership with the Houston Policy Manager, the Education Policy Consultant will help grow and maintain the Houston-area teacher pipeline by developing region-based strategies that 1) attract individuals to the teaching profession, 2) increase access to educator preparation programs, and 3) improve residency models.

This is a multi-year project with three phases of work;

Phase I: Building Relationships and Analyzing the Landscape
During Phase I, the Education Policy Consultant will leverage their professional network to create opportunities for the Houston Policy Manager and HPF Fellows to engage policymakers, advocacy organizations, and other influential individuals in Houston’s education policy arena. The Education Policy Consultant will also strategize and plan with the Houston Policy Manager to identify region-wide barriers that disrupt the teacher pipeline.

Phase II: Developing Policy Solutions and Amplifying Houston-Area Teacher Voice
During Phase II, the Education Policy Consultant will use their education policy expertise to support the Houston Policy Manager and HPF Fellows as they develop policy solutions for Houston-Area teacher pipeline barriers uncovered by Phase I’s landscape analysis. The Education Policy Consultant will provide crucial feedback on potential solutions through policy analysis, paying careful attention to equity matters and the overall political environment.

Phase III: Amplifying Houston-Area Teacher Voice Statewide
During Phase III, the Houston Policy Manager and HPF Fellows will evaluate the impact of implemented solutions and prepare to amplify Houston-Area Teacher Voice during Texas’ 89th Legislative Session in 2025.

Scope of Work:

The Education Policy Consultant will provide strategic thought partnership and leverage their professional network on behalf of Teach Plus Texas, the Houston Policy Manager, and HPF Fellows to meet the following deliverables:

  • Design a recruitment and selection process to select ten excellent, experienced, and diverse Houston-Area teachers to become HAP Fellows
  • Identify the most pressing education policy barriers disrupting the Houston-Area teacher pipeline
  • Engage with teachers, partner organizations, and education policymakers
  • Develop a Houston-Area teacher pipeline campaign
  • Identify key stakeholders (policymakers, education nonprofits, state department of education, district administrators, etc.) for exploratory conversations around the Houston-Area teacher pipeline
  • Complete a landscape analysis of the Houston-Area teacher pipeline informed by the knowledge and experience of relevant partners and stakeholders
  • Prepare HPF Fellows to amplify Houston-Area Teacher Voice during Texas’ 88th Legislative Session in 2025
What You’ll Need to be Successful
  • An understanding of Texas’s current state education policy landscape and the political climate
  • Strong familiarity with Texas’ public school system in general and current issues affecting the Houston-Area teacher pipeline
  • A professional education policy network
  • State and local legislative and regulatory experience preferred
  • Teaching experience a plus
Project Term and Commitment

The project will start in Spring 2023 (or sooner) and continue through June 2024, with the possibility of an extension depending on funding and outcomes. We anticipate the Texas Education Policy Consultant will work an average of 10-15 hours per week throughout the agreed term. Fulfillment of time commitment is relatively flexible, with occasional after-business hours required to meet with teachers.

Compensation

Compensation will be determined by the total project hours required to meet deliverables, not to exceed $30,000. Consultants are not eligible for benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application found here. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.

Application Link: https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328221

Commitment to Diversity

To better serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.