Over the course of one year, ten New Jersey Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship participants (Fellows) will participate in a year-long Fellowship to study the NJ education policy landscape, hone their advocacy skills, and achieve a short-term advocacy goal.

  • Teacher leadership keeps our strongest teachers in classrooms where they are best positioned to positively impact student outcomes.
    We believe that teachers who influence policy while simultaneously teaching students are one of the greatest assets to our education system. They are both directly influencing student outcomes and are most current in policy needs and quality of implementation.
  • Teachers seek more knowledge of and influence over education policy.
    As a non-profit that has successfully written and influenced education policy in New Jersey since 2013, JerseyCAN is positioned to help teachers learn the ins and outs of education systems and governance so that teachers have more opportunities to actively and effectively engage in advocacy to benefit student outcomes.

In addition to a network of support and enriching professional learning opportunities, each fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend for participating in the program.

To receive this stipend, Fellows are expected to:

    1. Notify a supervisor of their plans to apply for this Fellowship.
    2. Complete any pre-readings/work associated with the convenings.
    3. Thoughtfully engage in and attend all convenings.
Date Convening Theme Tentative Time
October 6, 2022 Virtual Meet & Greet 4:30pm-6:30pm
October 8, 2022 Virtual Fellowship Kick off 10:00am-2:00pm
October 27, 2022 Virtual Subconvening 4:30pm-6:30pm
December 15, 2022 Virtual Subconvening 4:30pm-6:30pm
January 2023 1:1 Virtual Meetings 30 minutes per fellow
January 14, 2023 In-person Advocacy Training* 10:00am-2:00pm
February 9, 2023 Virtual Subconvening 4:30pm-6:30pm
February – May 2023 Advocacy Work: Fellows complete individual
advocacy work at the local or state level
April 27, 2023 Virtual Q & A: Panel of Policy and Advocacy Experts 4:30pm-6:00pm
May 20, 2023 In-person Final Celebration* 10:00am-2:00pm

Note: All convening dates/times are subject to change but will take place outside of work hours.
*The in-person format is contingent on the current state of allowable meeting size and format in NJ. All in-person convenings will take place in or near New Brunswick, NJ.

To apply, candidates must be open to JerseyCAN’s mission and vision, have a minimum of two years of experience teaching in New Jersey’s schools, commit to attending all convenings listed in the application, and commit to completing all associated readings/activities for the convenings.

If you meet all of these qualifications and are a New Jersey teacher who is interested in learning about and engaging in policy and advocacy, consider applying before September 21, 2022 by completing Part 1 of 2: Online Application below. Candidates who are being considered for selection will be contacted to set up a Part 2 of 2: Follow-up Interview via Zoom later in the month.

This opportunity is possible thanks to the generous support of The Maeve Foundation.

Part 1 of 2, Online Application

This application is now closed.