Announcing the English Learner Fellowship for Teachers


In Metro Nashville Public Schools, we know there are English Learner teachers throughout our district who want to channel their energy for their students into something bigger. We know they have ideas about how to improve things they’ve seen in their tenure. We know that many of them have the passion to put those ideas into action and advocate for real change.


Today, we are announcing a new MNPS program for English learner teachers: the EL Fellowship. Funded through a grant awarded from Conexión Américas, this program is looking for teachers who want to channel their energy into real policy changes and influence policymakers at the district and state level — teachers who want to elevate student voices while expanding their own careers and professional networks. If you are one of those teachers, now is your chance. This is your opportunity to shape EL policy — in your classroom, in your school, your district, your state.

The EL Fellowship is a selective program, with only 15 available seats. The ideal candidate is a visionary, a self-starter, an education leader and a changemaker.

Through the fellowship, teachers will create a project based on ideas for more effective policy. Teachers will network with business mentors, learn how to advocate for proposals on a larger scale and share findings along the way with the larger community.

If you’re an EL teacher and this is work you are passionate about, here’s what you will need in order to apply for an EL Fellowship:

  • A persuasive and clearly articulated essay that describes a policy change you think can be enacted to the betterment of your students and English learner families

  • Your principal’s support.

  • A heart for the EL community. 

  • An applicant must be a K-12 EL certified educator and have at least three years of teaching experience.

About the program:

  • The program will last one academic year, with the potential to continue in a leadership capacity in the second year. 

  • Fellows will receive a $1,000 annual stipend. 

  • On average, fellows can expect to commit 2-3 hours a month in large-group meetings and additional time for independent work and research. 

  • Most professional development will be scheduled outside of the regular work day, however, one workshop will be held during the work day.

The application opens Aug. 12, and closes at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13. The inaugural class of fellows will be announced the week of Sept. 16.

The link above is for MNPS employees. Questions can be directed to:


The EL fellowship is sponsored by: