Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship

Leveraging the expertise and voices of our state’s outstanding teachers to advance equity for students

You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Pennsylvania teachers and early childhood educators looking to deepen your knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect your students and the teaching profession.

What is the Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship?

In summer 2022, Teach Plus will launch its second full cohort of Teaching Policy Fellows in Pennsylvania. This highly selective leadership opportunity is for 30 outstanding teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and amplify the voices of teacher leaders in Pennsylvania. Policy fellows, who will receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment, will expand their influence without leaving the classroom through guided work, including:

  • Two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller, issues-focused working groups.
  • Training through expert-led modules on topics such as Storytelling for Impact, Policy 101, Advocacy & Organizing, Evidence-Based Policymaking, Testifying and Meeting with Decision Makers, Op-Ed Writing, & Media Relations
  • Direct engagement with key stakeholders and policymakers
  • Pursuit of a policy research or advocacy project that addresses a pressing state-level policy issue

“Teach Plus has been a beacon of light during the pandemic. Joining a group of colleagues from across Pennsylvania and creating real change together has reminded me of why I began in this profession. Teach Plus concentrates on equity, policy and advocacy that will affect my own classroom for years to come.” – Holly Meade, 2021-22 Policy Fellow, Scranton School District

2022-23 Policy Focus Areas

Early Childhood Education

Expand access and quality of childcare and Pre-K in Pennsylvania in addition to increasing the pipeline of ECE educators.

Equitable Funding

Ensure adequacy and equity in the state’s education funding system, particularly for underserved students.

Reimagining Teacher Preparation

Identify improvements to teacher preparation to better prepare teachers to be effective, use culturally responsive practices, and persist in the profession.

Culturally Affirming Schools

Increase access to inclusive curriculum and instructional materials, diverse educators, and equitable school policies at the district and state level, with a focus on underserved populations.

Expanding & Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline

Identify strategies to attract more teachers into the teaching profession, address teacher shortages, and reduce barriers to entry in order to address looming teacher shortages and a lack of diversity in the workforce.

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About Teach Plus:

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Since 2009, Teach Plus has developed thousands of teacher leaders across the country to shape education policy and improve teaching and learning, to create an education system driven by access and excellence for all. Teach Plus policy fellows have:

  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
  • Shaped state plans across the U.S. for the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • 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
  • Been published or featured in Education Week, the Associated Press, major local news publications, and have appeared on National Public Radio and local and national and local television outlets

About Teach Plus Pennsylvania:

Teach Plus launched its teacher-led policy work in Pennsylvania in 2020 with an 11-teacher Policy Advisory Board and grew to a 30-teacher Teaching Policy Fellowship in 2021. Teach Plus also leads a statewide network of over 300 educators. Since 2020, Teach Plus PA policy fellows, staff, and network teachers have:

  • Met with Governor Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, and leaders of the Pennsylvania House and Senate
  • Helped pass the $100 million Level Up equity supplement in the 2021-22 state budget
  • Contributed to legislation on teacher diversity, the science of reading, and more
  • Been published or featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Morning Call, Education Post, Scranton Times-Tribune, Pottstown Mercury, Erie Times-News, and WHYY

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in educational policy…to apply for [the Teach Plus PA policy fellowship]. It has changed my life.” – Kristen Haase, 2021-22 Policy Fellow, School District of Lancaster

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Teach Plus Pennsylvania Leadership:

Laura Boyce serves as the Teach Plus Pennsylvania Executive Director and leads the Teaching Policy Fellowship. She has led Teach Plus PA’s policy and instructional leadership work since the region’s founding in 2017. Previously, Laura was a high school teacher in Philadelphia and a principal in Camden, NJ. She has taught in or led schools serving every grade level in both district and charter turnaround settings, and holds degrees in public policy and education policy from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Meet our Teacher Leaders

Get to know the Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship teachers.

Teacher Voices