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2021-22 Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship

Leveraging the Expertise and Voices of Our State’s Outstanding Teachers to Advance Equity for Students

Teachers from across Pennsylvania:

You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for 30 outstanding Pennsylvania teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and amplify the voices of teacher leaders in Pennsylvania.

What is the Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship? 

  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in summer 2021 and concluding in summer 2022.  
  • Two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller, issues-focused working groups.
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required. 
  • Fellows pursue a policy research or advocacy project that addresses a pressing state-level policy issue
  • Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment. 

What does you do?

Teach Plus connects 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 receive training from Teach Plus in:

  • Understanding education policy as a lever for student success
  • Storytelling for impact
  • Community organizing
  • Writing op-eds and speaking to the media
  • Conducting focus groups with fellow teachers
  • Providing public testimony

How does it work? 

Teach Plus recruits and selects Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the 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 Pennsylvania. You will work in groups with fellow teachers to advocate on behalf of your students.

Teach Plus teachers have:

  • Met with Senator Bob Casey, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, and other members of the U.S. Congress and their staff to discuss federal teacher diversity policy
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
  • Joined U.S. Secretaries of Education as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s official delegation to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
  • Presented a proposal for equitable school funding directly to Governor Wolf and members of House and Senate leadership in the Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • Met with Pennsylvania legislators and staff and proposed policy solutions to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Published op-eds or been featured in stories in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, Morning Call, Education Post, Scranton Times-Tribune, Pottstown Mercury, Erie Times-News, and WHYY

Qualifications

Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state.  Apply to the policy fellowship if you:

  • Are a current teacher of record (PK-12) in a PA public or charter school or early childhood education setting with at least two full years of teaching experience by June 2021.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in Pennsylvania.
  • 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 Laura Boyce at lboyce@teachplus.org. ​

Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application (Due by May 17, 2021)

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 by Monday, May 24 if you have been invited to participate in a virtual interview. 

Part 3 – Selection

You will be notified by mid-June if you have been selected to join the Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the virtual kickoff in Summer 2021.

You can learn more about the Fellowship by registering for an upcoming information session:

2021-22 Policy Focus Areas (tentative)