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2020-21 Tennessee Educator Fellowship Application

2020-21 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 engage in 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 seventh year, SCORE will select approximately 25 K-12 teachers, interventionists, librarians, and school counselors who are interested in elevating their voices in support of educators and students. Applicants must have at least three years’ teaching experience in a Tennessee public school by May 2020.

To gain the knowledge and skills to be effective student-focused advocates, fellows will engage in policy learning, skills training, and coaching conversations. Fellows will learn broadly about education priority areas that affect teachers and students in Tennessee. Additionally, they will engage in deeper learning on one priority area and will collaborate with the SCORE team and one another to lead their own advocacy work focused on improving student outcomes related to their priority area. Following the first convening, fellows will reflect on their own experience and areas of interest, as well as consider the most pressing needs in their communities, and then identify their priority area, drawn from SCORE’s report Expanding Student Success: 2020 State of Education in Tennessee. Expanding Student Success includes the following priority areas:
  • Tennessee Education Foundations
  • Equitable Opportunities for College and Career Success
  • Tennessee’s Literacy Crisis
  • Teacher Preparation and Pay
  • School Improvement

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:
    • Convening 1: Wednesday July 15 - Friday, July, 17, 2020
      Convening 2: Friday, September 25 - Saturday, September 26, 2020
      Convening 3: Friday, January 29 - Saturday, January, 30, 2021
      Convening 4: Friday, May 7- Saturday, May 8, 2021
    • Online convenings take place on weekday evenings and last around two hours.
  • Collaborate with the SCORE team and other fellows to 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 2020 and want to serve as a 2020-21 Tennessee Educator Fellow, complete the online application by Monday, March 2, 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; however, it may be helpful to copy and paste longer responses into a separate document as a back-up record of your work in case you lose your connection while completing the application.

Candidates are evaluated holistically through an application process that includes a written application and may also include interviews. We anticipate announcing the 2020-21 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 (, Director of Educator Engagement, SCORE.