The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for the fifth cohort of Teaching Ambassador Fellows. The application process opened on January 21, and will close on February 22. The Teaching Ambassador program is highly competitive and allows teachers who have demonstrated leadership, communication skills and education policy insight to work with the Department on a full or part time basis. By including teachers in policy decisions through this program, the Department includes the stakeholders with the most direct interaction with students.
The program is designed to give teachers insights into Department policy that they can then take back to their schools. Teaching Ambassadors are intended to facilitate discussion and conversation about Department policies and how they affect students, teachers and schools across the country. Through three separate year long courses, the Teaching Ambassador program provides a variety of ways for teachers to get involved. In the Washington Fellowship, teachers work full time for the Department at headquarters in Washington D.C. As a Classroom Fellow, teachers work on a part time basis with the regional U.S. Department of Education office. Through the newest addition, the Regional Fellowship program allows participants to work full time with a regional office.