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New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that New Mexico teachers and students thrive
 
What is the New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship?TPFflyer pic.jpg
  • A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding New Mexico teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in September 2017 and concluding in June 2018.  
  • Three in-person training sessions, and online monthly virtual sessions.
  • 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 do we 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.

How does it work? 

Teach Plus recruits and selects New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellows from across the state 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 New Mexico. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation. 

Nationally and locally, Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:
  • Met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
  • Shaped the New Mexico plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Drove the reform of the teacher evaluation system in New Mexico
  • Joined Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 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 Education Week, the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Associated Press, and have appeared on National Public Radio and local and national and local television outlets
Qualifications
  • Be a current teacher of record with at least two (2) full years of teaching experience by September 2017
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in New Mexico 
  • Be ready to dedicate your time and passion to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact high-needs students 

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 July 10, 2017.

Part 2 – Interview 
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in an interview. 

Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified if you have been selected to join the New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending the kick-off convening on September 9-10, 2017 and monthly sessions throughout the fellowship.