Minnesota Fellowship
New America

Minnesota Fellowship
Department: Education Policy program
Length of fellowship: 1 year (January 2020 to December 2020)

New America is a public policy action and think tank in Washington, DC that seeks to connect research, policy and practice to help advance innovative policy proposals across a range of critical areas. The Education Policy program works to strengthen and improve the educational system so that all students have equitable access to high-quality learning that prepares them for college, careers, and civic life in a time of rapid technological and social change. We use original research and policy analysis to help solve the nation’s critical education problems, crafting objective analyses and suggesting new ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large.

We are looking for a Minnesota-based advocate, freelance journalist, researcher and/or policy professional working in education to help support a project examining statewide efforts to diversify and strengthen Minnesota’s educator workforce through Grow Your Own (GYO) programs.

GYO programs recruit and prepare high school students, paraeducators, uncertified school staff, and sometimes even parents, to become licensed teacher and are an increasingly popular strategy for increasing teacher diversity and ameliorating teacher shortages. However, more research is necessary to better understand the policies that support this work and the design elements necessary to promote strong outcomes for program participants.

Minnesota’s GYO program provides a test case for examining how strengthening the educator pipeline through targeted recruitment and preparation strategies may impact the retention of linguistically, racially and ethnically diverse teacher candidates.


The Education Policy program fellow will be based in Minnesota and help ensure that our work is grounded in a local perspective.

Their work may include:

  • Researching and writing about different issues and initiatives around the state related to GYO and increasing teacher diversity for the EdCentral blog, New America’s Weekly digital magazine, and/or local publications.
  • Making connections with key advocacy organizations, community based organizations, policy influencers, school districts and state-level staff.
  • Tracking state legislation related to educator diversity, recruitment, preparation and retention and identifying key players in those efforts.
  • Traveling across the state to visit and write about GYO programs.
  • Traveling to Washington DC to attend related New America events and engage with our national fellows program.

The fellow will work closely with New America and also have opportunities to engage with education policy issues at a national level through their affiliation with the Education Policy Program and National Fellows Program at New America. ​The fellow will also have the opportunity to publish via the platforms of the Education Policy Program and New America’s digital magazine New America Weekly or with one of our many media partners.

The fellow will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 along with additional funds for travel. We anticipate a time commitment of 15-20 hours per month.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A minimum of five years of professional PreK-12 policy, research, advocacy, or journalism experience required.
  • Strong writing and editing abilities that span a variety of different styles and audiences: blog posts, in-depth policy research, opinion journalism, and more.
  • Knowledge of education policy issues, particularly those related to educator recruitment, preparation and retention.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Deep familiarity with advocacy and community based organizations across Minnesota that are engaged in work related to the educator workforce.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following documents to garciaa@newamerica with the subject line “Application for MN EPP Fellowship [Last Name]”:

  • A 50-150 word statement of interest
  • A resume
  • A writing sample of 800 to 1,000 words (preferably related to education policy)


If you have any questions or require further clarification, please contact Amaya Garcia at


The Minnesota Education Policy Program Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation.

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