School Ambassador Fellowship Program
Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort of the School Ambassador Fellowship applications are open through 5pm EST on December 31, 2019. Please sign-up for updates to stay in contact with the program.
School staff members provide vital leadership in classrooms and schools, but too often lack opportunities to contribute their knowledge to the development of education policy on a broader scale. The U.S. Department of Education designed the School Ambassador Fellowship program to enable outstanding teachers, principals and other school leaders, like school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and librarian to bring their school and classroom expertise to the Department and to expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education. In turn, School Ambassador Fellows facilitate the learning and input of other educators and community members.
Mission: The School Ambassador Fellowship is designed to improve education for students by involving educators in the development and implementation of national education policy. The Fellowship seeks to:
- Create a community of teachers, principals, counselors, psychologists, social workers and other school staff members who share expertise and collaborate with leaders in the federal government on national education issues.
- Involve educators who work daily with students and teachers in developing policies that affect classrooms and schools.
- Highlight practitioners’ voices and expand educators’ critical leadership at the national, state, and local levels.
Throughout their Fellowship year, School Ambassador Fellows collaborate as a team and with Alumni Fellows to:
- Learn about federal education policy and ED
- Reach out to teachers and schools in the field
- Reflect with ED staff on the knowledge gained
For more information on how the Fellowship works, please see our Program Overview.