"The Tennessee Miracle" by Mel Riddle

From educationnext.org - July 10, 8:56 AM

"Although little overall change is detected, some states have made remarkable strides forward. Tennessee is the most outstanding example. Having been graded an F in every previous report, it made the astounding jump to a straight A in 2011. In 2007, the state of Tennessee recognized that its academic standards were much too lax and that schools were not encouraged to provide students with the skills necessary to compete in the modern job market. With the support of his state department of education and board of education, then governor Phil Bredesen led a concerted, highly publicized effort to revamp the state.....read more.

NASSP Advocacy Update

Federal Grassroots Network
Monday, July 8, 2013
The purpose of the Federal Grassroots Network is to strengthen the voice of principals in federal education policy and the issues affecting schools by increasing participation of NASSP members in federal grassroots advocacy. The NASSP Weekly Advocacy Update provides ....read more.


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Announcement from U. S. Department of Education’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program.

Dear Principal,

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 2013-2014 year.
• 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 be heard.


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