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2019-20 Tennessee Educator Fellowship Application

2019-20 Tennessee Educator Fellowship Application Overview

The Tennessee Educator Fellowship brings together a diverse group of educators from across the state who are passionate about their profession and student-focused education policy. The fellowship empowers participating educators to weigh in on policy conversations at the state and local level that affect their schools, their colleagues, and their students. Fellows learn, share, and provide a voice for educators and students across the state as well as serve as advocates in their own regions.

As the fellowship enters its sixth year, SCORE will select approximately 30 Tennessee public school teachers, interventionists, librarians, and school counselors to serve one-year terms. The Fellows will learn about, reflect upon, inform, and advocate for policies, practices, and systems that impact educator effectiveness and student achievement while continuing in their roles during the 2019-20 school year. Fellows initiate and complete advocacy activities in support of student-focused priorities. Examples include speaking at public forums, building networks of educators, meeting with policymakers, and writing advocacy pieces for publication. Fellows will be chosen from varying subjects, grade levels, and geographic regions across Tennessee. Each Fellow will be awarded a $5,000 stipend for their work.

  • Provide a clear, consistent, student-focused voice as Tennessee works to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for their future.
  • Attend four in-person and four online convenings throughout the year. The in-person convenings in Nashville are tentatively scheduled for:
    • Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 12, 2019
    • Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14, 2019
    • Friday, January 31- Saturday, February 1, 2020
    • Friday, May 8 - Saturday, May 9, 2020
    • Online convenings take place on weekday evenings and last around two hours.
  • Attend one regional summit, which will take place on a Saturday in the fall.
  • Lead advocacy activities in support of student-centered policies and practices.
  • Network with other fellows, colleagues, and appropriate stakeholders both in the context of SCORE’s statewide work and in your district.
  • Provide feedback to SCORE.
Apply for the Fellowship:
If you are a current K-12 public school teacher, librarian, interventionist, or school counselor in Tennessee with at least three years of experience by May 2019 and want to serve as a 2019-20 Tennessee Educator Fellow, complete the online application by Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 11:59 PM CT.

Candidates may click "Save and continue later" in the upper right corner of the screen to save their work and continue the application at a later time.

Candidates are evaluated holistically through an application process that includes a written application and may also include interviews. We anticipate announcing the 2019-20 Tennessee Educator Fellowship cohort by the end of May and will notify all applicants of their status at that time. As there will be many more highly qualified candidates than the limited number of fellows we can support, we cannot provide individual feedback or status updates on applications.

Please direct all inquiries to Leigh Cooksey (, Educator Engagement Associate, SCORE.