from U. S. Department of Education’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship
We are pleased to announce that at the urging of our two national organizations,
the US Department of Education has begun the creation of the Principal
Ambassador Fellowship program. The program will be administered by the
department similar to the successful Teacher Ambassador Program. This
year, three principals will be selected to serve as advisors to Secretary
Arne Duncan and the departmental staff to, as the Secretary has described
the role, “provide input on policy from the principal’s perspective.”
The program will begin in 2013 as a pilot to focus on developing and refining
the fellowship program going forward. The fellowship will require approximately
20 hours per month from Ambassadors. Principals will not be required to
fulfill the fellowships in Washington, DC, and will be able to remain
in their schools. However, the pilot program may require some travel for
in-person meetings. Subsequent years will require the principals to relocate
to Washington, DC, for the year-long fellowship.
Details are in development,
but here’s what we currently know:
• The department will open the application process in the beginning
of May and last approximately four-six weeks.
• Principal Ambassadors will be selected in October 2013 for the
• The application process will be similar to the Teacher Ambassador
Program and require principals to have served in their schools and in
their current positions for a certain length of time, along with recommendation
letters to accompany the application.
Because the application
requires a tight turnaround during a challenging time of the year, we
are giving principals this advance notice to begin preparing materials
now. We hope you will consider this opportunity, and if you are fortunate
to be a principal selected to serve as an Ambassador, you can expect the
full support of NAESP and NASSP. We are eager to work with the Department
of Education in bringing principals to the table and letting their voices
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