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GSHS teacher one of 16 Colorado educators selected for Teach Plus Policy Fellowship
October 1, 2019

Teach Plus has selected 16 highly effective teacher leaders for its fourth Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship, including Glenwood Springs High School teacher Madison Hays. Teach Plus is a national non-profit that empowers teachers to lead improvements in policy and practice during a nine-month fellowship.

“I was excited to discover the Teach Plus Fellowship as I was feeling frustrated and unheard by the large system that is education,” Hays said. “I want to learn more about how teachers can be advocates and how we can share our stories with others.”

Fellows have the opportunity to work on state-level education issues and, through that experience, learn how to advocate for policies that will better serve Colorado teachers and students.

“Madi is super smart and brings missionary zeal to the work of using education to change students' real-life chances,” said GSHS Principal Paul Freeman.

Last year’s cohort of fellows, which included Glenwood Springs Elementary School’s Erin Gallimore and Kendall Reiley, provided recommendations on legislation to eliminate suspensions and expulsions in Pre-K-2nd graders, successfully advocated to fund full-day kindergarten, and provided opportunities for teachers to micro-pilot ideas on teacher evaluations.