The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for the third cohort of principals to participate in the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. Created in 2013, the program is meant to recognize the important impact that a principal has on instructional leadership, the school environment, and talent management. It is modeled on the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program, which allows local leaders to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue about public education and learn more about education policy at the federal level.
Principals participating in the third cohort would serve during the 2016-17 school year. They must have a minimum of five years of experience as a principal and be a U.S. citizen. Desirable applicants would have a demonstrable effectiveness as a school leader, a record of effective leadership and team work, strong communications and analytic skills, applicable insights from their school and district experiences, and a strong school system support.
NASSP advocated heavily for this program to be created, and it was first announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at NASSP’s Ignite ’13 conference. We need NASSP members to have a voice in the national education discussion, so all member principals are encouraged to apply. Visit the Department of Education website for application details and to learn more about the program. Applications are due on December 14.