Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a direct influence on national education policy affecting school communities across America?

Do you have a keen interest in working with U.S. Government officials to better serve our country’s students and teachers?

If so, apply for the U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellowship Program!

This year, for the first time since the program’s inception, the Department selected a private school fellow, Patrick O’Connor, from Michigan for the 2017-18 cohort.

The Department is encouraging other private school professionals to apply for 2018-19.

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 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 the Department of Education (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, review the Program Overview by clicking here.

The 2018-19 application is now open and accepting applications for next year’s cohort of fellows.  To be considered for the 2018-2019 School Ambassador Fellowship class, applicants must use the online system to submit a complete application by clicking here.  Any materials submitted by U.S. mail or email will not be reviewed. The application window closes on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 5:00pm Eastern.