Colorado Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates so teachers and students thrive in Colorado.

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You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers in the Centennial 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 Colorado Policy Fellowship?

  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in August 2023 and concluding in June 2024  
  • In-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), and online monthly virtual sessions
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required 
  • 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, writing op-eds and speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. Teach Plus works to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level.

“As a fellow with Teach Plus Colorado, I am empowered with the necessary tools to influence education issues that are most impactful on students– and particularly students of color– by crafting and recommending policies that create the infrastructure for sustainable change and equitable education outcomes for all students.” – Veronica Bell

How does it work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects Colorado 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 the teaching profession in Colorado. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.

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Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows have:

  • Met with the United States Secretary of Education.
  • Met with Governor Polis in his office and served on some of his steering committees. Met with Colorado legislators and State School Board members and testified at legislative hearings.
  • Helped create the Colorado Commissioner’s Teach Cabinet
  • Helped to create, testified on behalf of, and advocated for the passage of state legislation dealing with teacher evaluation, teacher workforce, teacher diversity, social and emotional learning, school to prison pipeline, and other issues dealing with equity.   
  • Been published in Chalkbeat Colorado, Christian Science Monitor, National public Radio, and other local and national publications.
  • Presented at major national educational conferences including the American Education Research Association.

“As a Teach Plus Fellow of color, I felt very seen and heard in terms of the issues we advocate for and how we go about the work.” – Donovan Fountain

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