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Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellowship

Note: Are you a Texas teacher who teaches anywhere other than Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Grand Prairie ISD or Richardson ISD?  Apply for the Teach Plus Texas Statewide Policy Fellowship!

DFW Teachers:
You are invited to apply for the Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers from Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and Richardson ISD looking to deepen your knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect your students and the teaching profession.  

What is the Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellowship?

  • Fellows expand your influence without leaving the classroom, starting in June 2020  and concluding in June 2021.  
  • Two retreats, monthly in-person meetings in the evening, 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 your commitment. 

What do you do?

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. You receive training from Teach Plus 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

How does it work? 

Teach Plus recruits and selects Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellows 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 the Metroplex.  You will work in groups with fellow teachers to advocate on behalf of your students.

Teach Plus teachers have: 

  • Met with Texas legislators and staff, spoken at School Board meetings, and proposed policy solutions to the Texas Education Agency.
  • Featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
  • 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 or featured in the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Tribune, Education Week, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin American-Statesman, and have been interviewed on television and radio.
  • Won The Council of Great CIty Schools Queen Smith Award for Commitment to Urban Education.

Qualifications 

Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state.  Apply if you:

  • Are a current teacher of record (PK-12)  in Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Grand Prairie ISD or Richardson ISD.
  • Have a track record of successfully teaching students for at least three full years by June 2020.
  • Are ready to dedicate your time and energy to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact your students -- while continuing to teach full time.
  • Have a passion for sharing the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and teachers with policy makers. 
  • If you teach in a district other than Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Grand Prairie ISD or Richardson ISD, you are welcome to apply to our Statewide Fellowship.

Interested?  Go to https://teachplus.org/TX 
or email Kevin Malonson at kmalonson@teachplus.org 

Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application

The written application asks you to complete general demographic information, short responses and provide contact information for two professional references (letters of reference are not required.) Applications are due April 13, 2020.

Part 2 – Interview 

You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a virtual interview by April 22nd. Interviews will be held the week of May 4.

Part 3 – Selection

You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellowship by May 13, 2020. If accepted, you will commit to attending the  DFW Policy Fellowship kickoff scheduled for June 15- June 16 in Dallas.  

Click here to nominate a teacher!