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, administrators, 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.
About the Fellowship
The School Ambassador Fellowship supports the Department’s mission by leveraging a cadre of outstanding educators to contribute their classroom and school expertise to the national education dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. For the Fellows, the program adds greater knowledge of educational policy and leadership to their toolkits, allowing them to further contribute to solutions at all levels for long, intractable challenges in education.
The School Ambassador Fellowship is a year-long experience, which offers two separate year-long tracks: the Full-time Fellowship, in which teachers, administrators, and other school staff members are based in residence at the Department’s Headquarters in Washington, DC.; and the Part-time Fellowship which enables educators to collaborate with the Department while maintaining their regular school responsibilities in their home communities.
|Full-Time Position||Part-Time Position|
|Relocate to the Washington D.C. area for a year (with a living stipend)||Maintain your current residency|
|Work at the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters||Work remotely from your local community|
|40 hours per week of Fellowship work on a Federal Schedule||Up to 10 hours a week of Fellowship work|
Full-time Fellows relocate to the Washington, DC area and work directly with U.S. Department of Education Officials on a range of key education initiatives. During Full-time Fellows’ yearlong SAF experience, their work with the U.S. Department of Education is their primary work commitment.
Part-time Fellows continue serving as teachers, administrators, and other school leaders on a full-time basis in their local school settings. Part-time Fellows primarily support the Department virtually, but travel to the Washington, DC area periodically throughout their Fellowship year to meet and work with other Fellowship cohort members and support key Department initiatives in-person.
Both Full-time and Part-time Fellows contribute valuable classroom, school, and district-level knowledge and perspective to the Department, greatly increase their own knowledge and understanding of Federal education policies and programs, and collaborate to provide specific outreach to educators in the field. Over the course of their Fellowship year, Fellows gain in-depth knowledge of Department initiatives, provide their perspectives to senior staff, share relevant experiences with internal and external audiences, and facilitate discussion with educators across the country on a range of important issues. In addition to taking on individual tasks subject to their unique background and expertise, all School Ambassador Fellows collaborate with one another as a team to provide common outreach and gain insight from the field. In addition, all Fellows are responsible for completing a year-long Capstone project to improve educational outcomes in their local, state, and national contexts.
Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreements
Full-time and Part-Time Ambassador Fellows support the U.S. Department of Education through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility program. The IPA mobility program provides for the temporary assignment of skilled personnel to or from state and local governments and certain other organizations to facilitate cooperation between the Federal government and the non-Federal entity, and provide mutual benefits for limited periods without loss of employee rights and benefits. Official start dates are contingent upon the date established on a signed IPA after security clearances have taken place.
Further information about the IPA program is available on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/intergovernment-personnel-act/.