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Teach Plus empowers excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. We envision a day when excellent teachers are valued and drive the transformation of our education system to best serve high-need students.

Teach Plus' three flagship programs —Teaching Policy Fellowship, T3 Initiative, and C2 Initiative—are designed to engage and support teacher leaders in transforming the system. The programs are part of five city-based efforts (Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.), and two state-wide efforts (Maryland and Massachusetts). In 2014, we celebrated a milestone of selecting and training 1,000 teachers for leadership roles. Since our founding in 2009, Teach Plus has grown from 16 teachers to a network of more than 20,000 solutions-oriented teachers nationwide.

Entries by Teach Plus

Three Budget Cuts: Teachers' Solutions to Combat Tennessee's Deficit

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 9:33 AM

By Memphis Teaching Policy Fellows Meg Bounds, Celeste Brown, Austin Crowder, Katie Kaplan, Megan O'Connor, and Lydia Stoney

It's Monday and, like many of my colleagues, I am rushing frantically to the copier to try and beat the morning frenzy. I dig through my classroom closet, past piles of books,...

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Teachers Innovate Where Candidates Don't

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 9:18 AM

By Anne Eden

It was a student who pointed it out to me.

"Hey Miss! Why aren't the presidential candidates talking about our schools?"

My sociology students were engaged in high-level analysis, combing through the candidates' speeches and campaign websites....

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"Why Do We Need to Take This Test?"

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:19 AM


By Michael Macchi

I sit upright at my desk wondering what is happening. Ms. Austin says that it's time to take the MCAS. She distributes the test and I begin. Progressively, my body posture goes from upright to a slouch, to making the...

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We Need to Teach Classroom Management

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:11 AM


By Michael Meadows

When I think back to my first year of teaching, one late November 7th grade class stays with me. Emmanuel would not sit where I told him and freely roamed the classroom. Kevin was talking with friends and mocking me,...

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Six Chicago Teachers' Voices: The Pros and Cons of the Day of Action

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 2:03 PM

At a time when the Chicago Teacher's Union is planning a one-day strike, it's important to remember that while we as teachers may support or oppose the strategy of a Day of Action, we're united by a common set of values around education. We believe that education opens the door...

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Maryland's Segregated School System Demands Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 3:05 PM


By Jessica Ellis

For each of the 12 years I have been an elementary school teacher, I have read biographies of influential African Americans with my students during Black History Month. One of my favorite moments is when my students gather on the...

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Common Core Drives Improvement Across the Curriculum

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 8:42 AM

By Krista Fincke

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature held a hearing on a ballot initiative that would repeal the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, which include the Common Core. The Legislature would instead enact the old Massachusetts standards, and then establish an expensive and chaotic...

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For Kids in California, Justice Is a Moving Target

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 8:08 AM

By Nick Melvoin

When I first stood before a South Los Angeles classroom as a public school teacher nearly a decade ago, I was already firm in my conviction that educational equity is the civil rights issue of my generation. Our students...

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A Critical Silent Win of Every Student Succeeds Act

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 8:51 AM

By Casie Jones

Sitting on a plane on my way home from Seattle, I am sorting through reflections on the historical end of No Child Left Behind and the passing, at the end of last year, of the Every Student Succeeds Act...

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Five Strategies for Teachers to Affect Education Policies That Impact Our Students

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 11:35 AM

By Alexandra Fuentes

I teach biology to students who recently immigrated to the United States and are just learning English. It feels like a Sisyphean task -- teaching biology, a science loaded with complex vocabulary such as mitosis, protein synthesis, replication, cohesion,...

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Say No to Closing Amandla!

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 5:02 AM

By Brighid Bennett

I found Jamal sitting alone in the stairwell, staring blankly at the wall in front of him. In the morning, our principal told the students that our school was one of the four charter schools in the city recommended for closure. As I sat...

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For College Readiness, PARCC is Best

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 4:21 PM


By Kalimah Rahim

I graduated from a large urban school system and currently teach in a similar one where, as an Advanced Placement (AP) teacher, I have a unique vantage point from which to gauge the skills needed for college and career preparedness....

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Supporting Great Teaching During Change

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 10:46 AM

By Darren Burris

I believe that without great teachers nothing else matters. This belief is at the core of why I find policymakers' discussion about moving to an "MCAS 2.0" rather than the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment so unsettling.

The Department of...

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Teachers are Leading the Change in IPS

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 12:52 PM

2015-09-24-1443113447-8694657-IMG_4694.JPG By Abby Taylor

In August, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) board approved a new contract. All teachers received a pay raise. Early-career teachers will get a permanent bump of 12.1 percent and all teachers will receive a raise of at least 2.9 percent. Veteran...

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What Teachers Aren't Learning

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:49 AM

By Jeffrey Cipriani

Sitting in the back of the classroom, right cheek pressed to a desk and tears drying on her chin, Mya squeezes a stress ball and smells a stick of lavender while I talk about units of measurement.

"Mr. Cipriani,"...

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Growing Students' Brains in the Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 6:03 PM

2015-07-23-1437659999-3746917-AlfuthJonbw.jpg By Jon Alfuth

Growing up, I experienced one of public education's intractable problems between June and September -- the summer brain drain. It was like all that Algebra and English never happened. And worse yet, my enthusiasm for learning would wane during...

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Heeding Student Voices on PARCC

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:57 PM


By Bernadine Lormilus

Last month, over 200 people packed a State House hearing to testify on several bills that would put a moratorium on the use of standardized tests as graduation requirements and for school accountability, as well as to prevent the adoption...

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Defying the Odds Through Common Core and PARCC

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:01 PM


By Brittany Vetter

On July 7, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will conclude the five public hearings it is hosting before deciding whether to replace MCAS with PARCC next fall. Fall is also when I will discuss the concept of defying...

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For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:25 PM

By Alice Johnson Cain
As a recent Washington Post article shows, two traditional allies -- the civil rights community and the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association -- are at odds over legislation to re-write the Elementary and...
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Bridging the Critical Gap Between Middle and High School

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 8:45 AM

By George Mueller

Anita's first semester in high school was a rough one. After the first month, she had five F's. The transition from middle school hit her particularly hard since many of her friends went to a different high school. Although...

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