Training teachers as advocates to ensure that teachers and students thrive in Texas
Teach Plus Texas offers the Teach Plus Texas Teaching Policy Fellowship to outstanding teachers in the Lone Star State looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession.
What is the Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellowship?
- Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with experts in education policy and key decision makers.
- Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom.
- Fellows use a blended learning approach with a combination of monthly virtual meetings in the evening and two weekends a year in Austin.
- Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment.
What does Teach Plus do?
Teach Plus trains teachers in understanding education policy as a lever for student success, community organizing and outreach, promoting teacher voice through writing op-eds and speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. We work to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level.
How does it work?
Teach Plus Texas recruits and selects Teach Plus Texas Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in a year-long cohort experience. Fellows become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers in the state to inform the conversation and influence outcomes.
Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows have:
- Testified before the education committees of the Texas Legislature and spoken at legislative briefings at the Texas Capitol, supporting the passage of education legislation
- Been selected as featured speakers at the U.S. Department of Education’s Teach to Lead Austin Summit
- Met with Commissioner Michael Morath and members of the Texas Legislature
- Published a policy brief that influenced the Texas Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan
- Been published in the Houston Chronicle, Texas Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Austin American-Statesman, and the Huffington Post, and been featured on Texas Public Radio and in the Dallas Morning News, among other media outlets