To be eligible for the School Ambassador Fellowship program, participants must:

  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Currently be a teacher, principal or other school staff member (and anticipate being employed in this role during the next school year).
  • Employed by a traditional public, charter, private, virtual, military (DoDEA), or tribal (BIE) school that serves any grade, preschool through twelfth.
  • Have at least five years of experience in his/her current role as a teacher, principal or other school staff member, up to and including the current school year.
  • Have daily meaningful interaction with students and educators in a school setting in his/her school role.

Desirable applicants have:

  • A history of demonstrable and meaningful impact on student outcomes and school success.
  • A record of leadership in the school and community settings.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with outreach activities and project management skills.
  • Relevant insights from school and classroom experiences to federal education policy, programs and initiatives.
  • Support from school, community and other educational leaders.

Application Components

A complete application includes:

  • Verification of program eligibility requirements
  • A written personal statement
  • A one-page, written abstract for your Capstone project if selected to be a 2021-2022 Fellow
  • Two recommender forms
  • A current resume and cover letter

How Applications Are Evaluated

All applications are screened and reviewed by teams of current and alumni Fellows and Department staff members. The most highly-rated applicants may be asked to participate in virtual and potentially in-person interview processes. All applicants will be notified about their progress in the Fellowship application and selection process. All materials within the application are peer-reviewed and will be assessed against the key qualities we seek in School Ambassador Fellows. These key qualities include:

  • Demonstrable Contributions to Student Learning

the extent to which the candidate has had demonstrable and meaningful impact on student achievement and school success;

  • Effective Leadership Skills

the extent to which the candidate brings a record of effective leadership and teamwork amongst peers and other key stakeholders;

  • Strong Communication Skills

the extent to which the candidate demonstrates the written and oral communication skills required to serve as a Fellow;

  • Other Applicable Skills and Experience

the extent to which the candidate demonstrates experience with the type of roles Fellows are asked to play, including project management skills;

  • Relevant Interests and Expertise

the extent to which the candidate can provide applicable insights from school and district experiences to the Department’s education policy, programs, and initiatives; and

  • School System Support

the extent to which the candidate has demonstrable support from their school and district leaders for program participation.

Application Resources

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of the School Ambassador Fellowship are being accepted beginning 12:00am EST on October 12, 2020 until 11:59pm EST January 11, 2020.

In order to be considered for the 2021-2022 School Ambassador Fellowship cohort, you must use the online system to submit a complete application. Any materials submitted by U.S. mail or email will not be reviewed.

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