Teach Plus Ready To Lead Fellowship

A Well-Prepared Teacher Pipeline Representing the Diversity of the Students We Serve


Teachers from across Texas:

You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus Ready to Lead Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Texas teachers looking to deepen  their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect  their students and the teaching profession.

What do you do?

You receive training from Teach Plus in: understanding education policy as a lever for student success, community organizing, writing op-eds, speaking to the media, conducting focus groups with fellow teachers, providing public testimony, and more. Teach Plus connects 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.

What is included in the Policy Fellowship?

  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in July 2023 and concluding in June 2024.
  • Two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller issues-focused working groups.
  • 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.

How does it work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects Policy Fellows from across the Lone Star 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 Texas. Fellows work in groups to advocate on behalf of students on issues such as equitable funding, social-emotional learning, pandemic response, recruiting and retaining teachers of color, and more.

Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:

  • Met with Texas legislators and staff, spoken at hearings, and proposed policy solutions to the Texas Education Agency.
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
  • Joined 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 in the Texas Tribune, Education Week, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the Austin-American Statesman, and others, and have been interviewed on television and radio.

Know a teacher leader?

Nominate a teacher who wants to achieve change in their schools and in the broader education system.

Interested in becoming a teacher leader?

Click below to start your application.

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