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The U.S. Department of Education Launches Principal Ambassador Fellowship

The U.S.D.E. invites school principals (i.e., the highest administrative official in the school building) to bring their unique perspective to bear on education policy through a new Principal Ambassador Fellowship.

Modeled on the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship, offered since 2008, PAFs will spend time at the U.S.D.E. to gain a deeper knowledge of key federal programs and policies, and an understanding of the context in which policies are designed and implemented.

Secretary Duncan listens to educators and staff following a day of shadowing school principals.

Secretary Duncan listens to educators and staff following a day of shadowing school principals.

Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the program to the public in a speech at a National Association of Secondary School Principals conference.

Principals may apply for the 2013-2014 school year by July 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

The Fellowship’s initial year will be different from others. It is a part-time fellowship and will focus on designing and shaping the program for the future. Principal Ambassador Fellows will participate in addition to their regular school responsibilities for up to 20 hours per month, after school hours and on weekends.

The development of the Principal Ambassador Fellowship was based on feedback from school principals gathered through school visits such as a day shadowing principals in DC.

The PAFs will have opportunities to share their expertise with federal staff, conduct outreach about federal initiatives to other principals, and engage them in the successful implementation of those initiatives.

To access the application and view eligibility requirements, please visit www.usajobs.gov and apply for the Campus Principal Ambassador Fellowship.

For more information, call 1-800-USA-LEARN or email PrincipalFellowship@ed.gov with questions. Sign up to receive updates.