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Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative

Teachers from across Michigan:

You are invited to apply for the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Michigan teachers looking to share their expertise around equity-focused instructional practices, deepen their knowledge of education policy, and gain a voice in decisions that affect historically underserved students and the teaching profession.

As a member of the Collaborative, you will:

  • Expand your influence without leaving the classroom, starting in June 2021 and concluding in June 2022.  
  • Participate in two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller, issues-focused working groups.
  • Engage in training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required. 
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend for your commitment. 

What you will do:

The EducationTrust-Midwest and Teach Plus will connect you with policy makers and opportunities to propose policy solutions, testify, write op-eds, and meet with decision-makers at the local and state levels. You will receive training from The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus in:

  • Understanding education policy as a lever for student success
  • Community organizing
  • Writing op-eds and speaking with the media
  • Conducting focus groups with fellow teachers
  • Communicating your expertise with peers and broader audiences
  • Providing public testimony

How does it work?

The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus will recruit and select the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative members from across the state to participate in this inaugural cohort experience. You will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize your peers around top issues impacting equity for students and the teaching profession in Michigan. You will work in groups with fellow teachers to advocate on behalf of your students.


The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus seek a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state. Apply to the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative if you:

  • Are a current teacher of record (PK-12) with at least two full years of teaching experience by June 2021.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in traditional public or public charter schools in Michigan.
  • Are 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 Liz Wolber at or Mary Grech at

Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application (application closes Friday, May 28 - 11:59pm CT)

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 Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative. If accepted, you will commit to attending the virtual kickoff in June 2021.

The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus Partnership

For the first time, The Education Trust-Midwest, the Michigan office of the The Education Trust, and Teach Plus are partnering to offer a unique leadership experience for teachers. The Education Trust and Teach Plus are two equity-driven national education organizations with offices across the country. Learn about each organization below:

The Education Trust

The Education Trust-Midwest is the Michigan-based office of the national nonprofit, The Education Trust, that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. As a nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization, we are focused first and foremost on doing what is right for Michigan children, working alongside partners to raise the quality of teaching and learning in our public schools.

Teach Plus

Teach Plus is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Founded in 2009, Teach Plus is built on a core model of teacher leadership that drives a relentless focus on improving outcomes for high-needs students and creating sustainable, community-driven change in schools and systems. Teach Plus runs policy fellowships and other teacher leadership programs in 11 states across the country.