Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure Illinois teachers and students thrive

K12 Policy Fellows 2023-2024
You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Illinois teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession.

What is the Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellowship?

  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in June 2024 and concluding in June 2025.
  • Fellows participate in monthly sessions (virtual, with two in-person weekends).
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required.
  • Fellows receive a $1,600 stipend for their commitment.

What does Teach Plus do?

Teach Plus trains teachers in understanding education policy advocacy as a lever for student success, including community organizing, writing op-eds, speaking to the media, providing public testimony, meeting with legislators, and more. Teach Plus works to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in meaningful ways at the policy level.

How does it work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects Teach Plus Illinois 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 Illinois. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.

Our Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellows have:

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