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 the greatest asset to our education system. They are directly influencing student outcomes and know firsthand what our students need to succeed.
  • 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 $2,000 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.
Convening Convening Theme Estimated Duration
November 19, 2021 Virtual Meet & Greet 2 hours; PM
November 20, 2021 Virtual Fellowship Kick off 4 hours; AM/PM
December 16, 2021 Virtual Q & A: Panel of Policy and Advocacy Experts 1.5 hours; PM
Week of January 24 Small-Group Cohort Planning 2 hours; PM
February 26, 2022* Advocacy Training 4 hours; AM/PM
Week of March 28 Small-Group Cohort Planning 2 hours; PM
April 28, 2022 Virtual Q & A: Panel of Policy and Advocacy Experts 1.5 hours; PM
April/May Advocacy Work Approx 5 hours; varies
June 4, 2022* Final Celebration 4 hours; AM/PM

*This is being planned as an in-person convening in Trenton, NJ, but the in-person format is contingent on the current state of allowable meeting size and format in NJ.

Note: All convenings will take place outside of work hours.

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 October 18, 2021 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.