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Friday, April 26, 2013

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.

        Sincerely,

 
    
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