Training teachers as advocates to ensure that teachers and students thrive in Pennsylvania
The Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship is a highly selective leadership opportunity for 30 outstanding Pennsylvania teachers per year to deepen their knowledge of education policy and amplify the voices of teacher leaders in Pennsylvania.
What is the Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship
- Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom over the course of a 12-month fellowship.
- Fellows gather for two in-person training sessions, 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 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 connect teachers with policymakers and opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level. Specific training topics include:
- 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.
Nationally and locally, Teach Plus Teacher Leaders 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
2021-22 Policy Focus Areas:
- Equitable school funding
- Recruitment and retention of teachers of color
- Early childhood education
- Teacher preparation and pipeline
The application for the 2021-22 cohort is closed. Applications for the 2022-23 cohort will open in spring 2022. To get involved and receive information about the next application cycle, join the Pennsylvania Teacher Network or sign up for Teach Plus PA’s e-newsletter.