The US Department of Education School Ambassador Fellowship is the fellowship of all fellowships. There are opportunities to work from DC for a year, or complete the fellowship while still residing and working at your current location. I am lucky to have met several Ambassador fellows, and even had the chance to serve with Anna Baldwin as a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow, before she moved to the big leagues as a USDOE ambassador (you go girl!).
The mission of the USDOE fellowship :
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, 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 school building.
- 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
This year I am happily engaged with teaching, my HSG fellowship, and grad school so I will not be applying for the USDOE ambassador program, but it is definitely on my bucket list.