Equipping teachers to be advocates for teachers and students across Indiana.
Teach Plus Indiana offers Teaching Policy Fellowship to highly-effective teachers in the state. This statewide Fellowship is a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect Indiana’s students and the teaching profession.
- Education policy as a lever for student success
- Advocacy, including op-ed writing, testifying, and speaking with elected officials in Indiana and members of the media
- Current and relevant issues in education policy
- Teachers as political leaders
- In 2018, Governor Holcomb signed the Teacher Permits, Examinations, and Salaries bill into law with extensive feedback and recommendations from Teach Plus teachers.
- Ten Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellows have been named Teacher of the Year in their districts and schools
- In 2017, alums Edward Rangel and Melissa Scherle stood beside Governor Eric Holcomb at the ceremonial signing for the new state assessment, which included their recommendations as participants of the ISTEP panel.
- In 2016, alum Emanuel Harper met with former US Secretary of Education John King on how to reduce time students spend on assessment.
- In 2015 and 2016 respectively, alums Melissa Scherle and LaMeca Perkins-Knight were named finalists for the Hubbard Life Changing Teacher Award
- In 2014, alumna Tina Ahlgren won the Hubbard Life Changing Teacher Award and was IPS Teacher of the Year
- Fellows have trained over 300 Indianapolis educators in advocacy storytelling, conducted a compensation simulation with 150 IPS teachers, and testified at IPS school board meetings. Fellows continue to publish policy briefs and author op-eds on key issues such as Indianapolis teacher retention, evaluation, compensation, teacher preparation programs, and student social justice. The op-ed have been published in Chalkbeat, the Huffington Post, the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Indianapolis Recorder, the Indianapolis Star, and Nuvo.