Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative

Training educators as leaders and advocates so teachers and students thrive in Michigan.

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Application Deadline: April 16, 2023

Teachers from across Michigan:

You are invited to apply for the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Michigan teachers looking to share their expertise around equity-focused instructional practices, deepen their knowledge of education policy, and gain a voice in decisions that affect historically underserved students and the teaching profession.

As a member of the Collaborative, you will:

  • Expand your influence without leaving the classroom, starting in June 2023 and concluding in June 2024.  
  • Participate in two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller, issues-focused working groups.
  • Engage in training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required. 

What you will do:

The EducationTrust-Midwest and Teach Plus will connect you with policy makers and opportunities to propose policy solutions, testify, write op-eds, and meet with decision-makers at the local and state levels. You will also have opportunities to network and share expertise with other equity-minded educators and receive training from The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus in:

  • Understanding education policy as a lever for student success
  • Community organizing
  • Writing op-eds and speaking with the media
  • Conducting focus groups with fellow teachers
  • Communicating your expertise with peers and broader audiences
  • Providing public testimony

How does it work?

The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus will recruit and select the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative members from across the state to participate in this 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 Michigan. You will work in groups with fellow teachers to advocate on behalf of your students and have opportunities to share your expertise about equity-minded classroom practices with peers and at an MTLC-hosted conference.


The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus seek a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state. Apply to the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative if you:

  • Are a current teacher of record (PK-12) with at least two full years of teaching experience by June 2023.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in traditional public or public charter schools in Michigan.
  • Are ready to dedicate your time and energy to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact your students — while continuing to teach full time.
  • Have a passion for sharing the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and teachers with policy makers. 
  • Are interested in connecting with other equity-minded educators and sharing your instructional expertise with peers.
  • Are available to attend an in-person retreat on Saturday, August 5th – Sunday, August 6th, 2023 in Lansing, MI. Attending the retreat is a requirement of the program. Lodging and food costs will be paid by the MTLC.

Interested? Email Ben Locke at blocke@teachplus.org or Mary Grech at mgrech@edtrustmidwest.org

Application Process:

Phase 1 - Written Application (application closes Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 11:59pm EST)

The written application asks you to complete general demographic information, short responses and provide a resume (the application will include links to several free on-line resources to help support those who do not already have a current resume).

Phase 2 - Interview

You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a virtual interview. 

Phase 3 - Selection

You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Michigan Teacher Leadership Collaborative (MTLC). If accepted, you will commit to attending the in-person kick-off on Saturday, August 5th – Sunday, August 6th, 2023 in Lansing, MI. Attending the retreat is a requirement of the program. Lodging and food costs will be paid by the MTLC.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2023

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The Education Trust-Midwest and Teach Plus Partnership

The Education Trust-Midwest, the Michigan office of The Education Trust, and Teach Plus are partnering to offer a unique leadership experience for teachers. The Education Trust and Teach Plus are two equity-driven national education organizations with offices across the country. Learn about each organization below:

About The Education Trust

The Education Trust-Midwest is the Michigan-based office of the national nonprofit, The Education Trust, that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. As a nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization, we are focused first and foremost on doing what is right for Michigan children, working alongside partners to raise the quality of teaching and learning in our public schools.

About Teach Plus

Teach Plus is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Founded in 2009, Teach Plus is built on a core model of teacher leadership that drives a relentless focus on improving outcomes for high-needs students and creating sustainable, community-driven change in schools and systems. Teach Plus runs policy fellowships and other teacher leadership programs in 12 states across the country.

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