Through our Policy Fellowship, we grow teachers as leaders and empower them to take action in order to increase equitable opportunities for students. The Fellowship is a highly selective, rigorous program for teachers who want to deepen their knowledge in education policy and expand their influence—without leaving the classroom.
Training teachers as advocates to ensure that New Mexico teachers and students thrive
What is the New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship?
- Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom for a 10 month cohort
- In-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), and online monthly virtual sessions.
- Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required.
- Fellows receive a stipend for their commitment.
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 level.
How does it work?
Teach Plus recruits and selects New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. Fellows become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession in New Mexico. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.
Nationally and locally, Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:
- Ensured teacher demographics were included in the NM Vista data dashboard to support teacher diversity
- Successfully advocated for improved communication between NMPED and teachers during COVID-19, including the implementation of “Teacher Town Halls”
- Published op-eds or have been featured in interviews in Education Week, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Santa Fe New Mexican