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Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship

What is the Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship?
  • A highly selective teacher leadership opportunity for outstanding middle and high school teachers in Rhode Island looking to share and deepen their knowledge around education policy and promoting teacher voice and advocacy in policy discussions that affect students and the teaching profession. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in September 2019 and concluding in June 2020.  
  • We work to allow teachers to stay focused on their classroom and minimize disruptions to their instruction by using a blended learning approach a two day kickoff in September followed by monthly sessions held in the evenings from 5:00 to 8:30 in the Providence area or virtually during inclement weather. 
  • 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, writing op-eds, engaging decision makers, 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 local, state and national policy level.

How does it work? 

Teach Plus recruits and selects Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. You will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership focused on creating excellent and equitable education experiences through student-centered learning environments. Teaching Policy Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the Commissioner and other state education leaders as Rhode Island continues to rethink, re-imagine and improve education for all Rhode Island students. Specifically, our fellowship will focus on continuing to advocate for creating student centered, personalized learning environments to improve student outcomes, while focusing on working with decision makers around diversifying the educator workforce, developing culturally competent curriculum, engaging educators in school improvement & redesign to advance the conversation. 

Teach Plus Policy Fellows have: 
  • Met and engaged with local, state and national education and political leaders to advocate for proactive, solutions-oriented change in their schools
  • Published Op-Eds in the Commonwealth Magazine, Education Post, the Hechinger Report, HuffingtonPost, Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe and several other media outlets. 
  • Spoken at local, state and national legislative hearings and education conferences to assure that practitioners’ voices are heard in the policy-making process.
  • I am a current middle or high school teacher of record in Rhode Island with at least two full years of teaching experience.
  • I am an alumni of the Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship or a new candidate interested in education policy and advocacy.
  • I have a track record of success teaching students in Rhode Island.
  • I have experience or demonstrated interest in promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive education system through personalized, student-centered learning.
  • I am ready to dedicate my time and passion to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact my students.

Application Process

+ Written Application & Interview

The written application asks you to complete general demographic information, short responses and a sign off from your principal or other supervisor supporting your participation in the program. You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a virtual interview. We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews through September 22nd.

+ Selection

You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellowship.  If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening on September 27th and 28th, monthly sessions throughout the fellowship and participating in working groups working with policymakers and practitioners to go deep on an issue and advocate for necessary policy changes.

2019-2020 Rhode Island Policy Fellows Session Calendar


Click here to nominate a teacher!

If you have any questions about applying for the fellowship, please contact Christopher Marino, at