Over the course of one year, 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. Thoughtfully engage in and attend all convenings.
    2. Complete any pre-readings/work associated with the convenings.
Date Convening Theme Tentative Time
September 26, 2023 Virtual Meet & Greet 4:30pm-6:30pm
October 14, 2023 In-person Fellowship Kick off* 10:00am-2:00pm
December 5, 2023 Virtual Subconvening 4:30pm-6:30pm
January 16, 2024 Virtual Subconvening 4:30pm-6:30pm
February 10, 2024 In-person Advocacy Training* 10:00am-2:00pm
Winter 2024 Advocacy Work: Fellows complete individual advocacy work at the local or state level Varies
March 19, 2024 Virtual Subconvening 4:30pm-6:30pm
April 23, 2024 Virtual Q & A: Panel of Policy and Advocacy Experts 4:30pm-6:00pm
May 18, 2024 In-person Final Celebration* 10:00am-2:00pm

Note: Attendance at all convenings, both in-person and virtual, is mandatory. All convenings will take place outside of work hours.

*All in-person convenings will take place on Saturdays and will be located in Princeton, 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, apply below by completing Part 1 of 2: Online Application. Preference will be given to applicants who apply before August 21, 2023. 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