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Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship

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Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Education believes that teachers should have meaningful opportunities to both understand and contribute to the policies that impact their students and school communities. In order to implement needed reforms, all stakeholders must understand the intent of policy and be engaged in the outcomes. The Department also understands that when families, students want information about education, it is most often to teachers that they turn. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship supports the Department’s mission by employing a cadre of outstanding teachers to contribute their classroom expertise to the national education dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. For the Fellows, the program adds greater knowledge of educational policy and leadership to their toolkits to contribute to solutions at all levels for long intractable challenges in education. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program was initiated in 2008. Nearly 100 teachers have participated in the program since, including 27 serving as full-time Washington Fellows in Washington, DC, and 67 as part-time Classroom Fellows, working with the Department from their home communities, in addition to their roles as teachers. In 2013, the Department launched the Principal Ambassador Fellowship as a sister to the TAF program, and eight principals have worked with the Department in similar roles in both full and part-time positions. The Department maintains contacts with Alum Fellows from across the years as key contacts in the field who can both inform and share Department efforts.