Nevada Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that teachers and students thrive in Nevada.

You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Nevada teachers. As a policy fellow, teacher leaders deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect their students and the teaching profession, at the district, state, and national level.

What is the Nevada Policy Fellowship?

  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom starting October 2022 and concluding June 2023.
  • In-person and virtual 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 (previous candidates may reapply). 
  • 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.

Teachers often feel that they don’t have a seat at the table. Teach Plus has given me the opportunity to actually assist in building the table. What I have done in terms of advocacy, research, and policy – allows me to see opportunities that were previously unknown to me.” – Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow, Dr. Tracy Edwards

How Does It Work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects Nevada Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. Fellows become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize their peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession in Nevada. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.

Nationally and locally, Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:

  • Testified in front of the Nevada State Legislature regarding stimulus funding, fiscal equity, and the recruitment and retention of teachers during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Led as members of the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Cabinet (STAC).
  • Facilitated education presentations to the Nevada State Board of Education.
  • Conducted focus groups of teachers of color on their experience and the role of race and identity in education.
  • Engaged with the United States Secretary of Education to discuss persisting education issues within our profession and our country.
  • Represented Nevada teachers as guests at the White House during Teacher of Year recognitions.
  • Published op-eds in the Nevada Independent, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas Sun, the Reno Gazette-Journal, Learning for Justice, Edutopia, EdWeek, ASCD Express, and many other media outlets.
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Teach Plus created the space for teachers from across my district and state to collaborate in order to inform policy and provide solutions to challenges we saw on a daily basis. Our consistent dialogue and problem-solving gave me the confidence to raise my voice. As a Policy Fellow, our cohort had many moments of celebration. A consistent trend in those celebrations was that our wins were teacher-informed and student-centered.

Juliana Urtubey, Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow​

2021 National Teacher of the Year

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