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Teach Plus Online:  What Teachers Need to Know to Influence Policy Decisions 

Education policy happens at the local, state, and federal level, yet teachers are rarely at the table. Policymakers need and want to hear from teachers – yet too often policies that directly affect teachers and their students are made without teacher input. How can you as a teacher have a say in shaping policy?

Our virtual course, Teach Plus Online: What Teachers Need to Know to Influence Policy Decisions, will help you to get your voice heard with education policy decision-makers. The course is FREE and open to educators nationwide.

The course is the online version of a key portion of our flagship policy program, the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship. Through the Teaching Policy Fellowship, we have trained over 1,500 teachers across the nation to develop their voice, deepen their advocacy skills, and influence policy. The training works: our Fellows have led the charge locally, advocated before state legislatures, and testified before Congress

Course Content
  • Teachers as Policy Influencers:  What are the pathways for teacher impact in policy and what does it take for teachers to become bilingual in practice and policy? Understand the obstacles to making change and the strategies to succeed.

  • Policy 101:  What is policy, and how is it made and changed? Who makes it, and how can teachers play a role in shaping it? Explore why policy matters and what levers teachers have to influence policy.

  • Storytelling for Impact:  How can teachers develop the voice needed to influence policy? Learn the power of storytelling and public narrative as tools for effective advocacy.

  • Advocacy 101:  How do teachers make things happen in the complex world of policy and politics? Understand the importance of goals, relationships, root cause analysis, and power mapping.

  • Every Student Succeeds Act:  How will the law affect assessment, accountability, resource equity, and teacher leadership in states and districts? Learn what the law says and how to get involved in your community.

  • From the Source: Conversations with Policymakers and Policy Influencers:  Why is it important for teachers to meet with policymakers? What's the best way for a teacher to have an impact during a meeting? In this series, we present policymaker perspectives that get to the heart of how education policy is made and teachers' role in shaping it.



  • An exclusive interview with former Representative George Miller.  Rep. Miller, a 40-year veteran of Congress, served as the chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and co-authored many key pieces of education legislation.
  • Interviews with Teach Plus Founder Celine Coggins, former Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, and Executive Director of Education Post Peter Cunningham.


How the Course Works

  • Watch short video segments (about 5 minutes each) interspersed with activities

  • Practice through assessments and checks for understanding

  • Decide how much time you need - the course is self-paced

Sign up now and get started!