The Teach Plus Arkansas Teaching Policy Fellowship is a highly selective program available to outstanding teachers in Arkansas who are looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession. Through the Fellowship, Teach Plus grows and empowers some of Arkansas’s best educators to become advocates for their students by developing specific policy recommendations to improve the system for all children across the state.
As part of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teaching Fellowship, Fellows:
- Expand their influence without leaving the classroom.
- Participate in monthly sessions (virtual and in-person).
- Receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required.
- Receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment.
- The Fellowship runs August to June with opportunities for Fellows to extend their work and continue to build their advocacy beyond the Fellowship.
What do we do?
Teach Plus trains teachers in understanding education policy as a lever for student success, community organizing, writing op-eds and speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. Teach Plus works to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy making level.
How does it work?
Teach Plus recruits and selects Arkansas Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. These educators become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession in Arkansas. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.
Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:
- Met with Arkansas state house representative to learn about the legislative process and provide support of bilingual and dual immersion legislation
- Conducted focus groups with Arkansas teachers to develop recommendations for educator diversity.
- Developed and presented policy recommendations to districts in support of improving recruitment and retention of diverse educators
- Presented to Arkansas Education Secretary Johnny Key and State Board of Education on Teacher Diversity report
- Partnered with a large district to advocate for professional development on early reading strategies for pre-K teachers