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The U.S. Department of Education
Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
Teacher Leaders - Partners in Policy
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• What is the Fellowship?
• What do Fellows do?
• What is the application process like?
• Why apply for the Fellowship?
Teacher Leaders – Partners in Policy
Improve education for students by involving
teachers in national education policy
Teacher Leaders – Partners in Policy
• Create a community of teacher leaders who
share expertise, learn from, and collaborate
with policymakers on national education
• Involve teachers in developing policies that
affect the classroom.
• Expand teacher leadership at the national,
state, and local levels.
Teacher Leaders – Partners in Policy
Fellowship Opportunities
Washington Fellow
Classroom Fellow
Regional Fellow
• Up to 5
• Move to
Washington, DC
• Full-Time
• Travel required
• Year-Long
• Paid
• Up to 10
• Stay in home
• Part-Time
• Travel required
• Year-Long
• Paid
• Up to 3
• Work in one of
ED’s Regional
• Full-Time
• Seattle
• Atlanta
• Boston,
Philadelphia, New
• Travel required
• Year-long
• Paid
Who are the Fellows?
• In 2011-2012, ED selected 16 Teaching
Ambassador Fellows
 5 teachers serve as Washington Fellows,
based full-time at ED headquarters.
 11 serve as Classroom Fellows working with
ED on a part time basis.
 69 teachers between 2008-2011,
representing the diverse settings, grades,
subjects in which student learn.
What do Fellows Do?
Facilitate improved communication between teachers and ED
• Unique position of being a practicing teacher who serve as federal
employee for a year – learning about federal policy and bringing us
their unique and current classroom teacher perspective.
• Learn as much as they can, share it with other educators, bring
back to us what they think as well as the Fellows’ unique
What do Fellows do?
• Learn about the work of the Department of
• Provide the Department of Education with
teachers’ voice and perspective on policy
• Serve in a listening capacity to teachers in the
• Bring the concerns, triumphs and every day
challenges of teachers back to ED
What do Washington Fellows do?
Maryann Woods-Murphy
• Labor-Management
• Office of Communications
and Outreach
– Blogging
– Youth Roundtables
– Connecting with Teacher
– Latino initiatives
• Teacher Outreach
Shakera Walker
• Race To The Top – Early
Learning Challenge
• Increasing Awareness of
High-Quality Early
Childhood Programs
• Participating in
Discussions on policy
Between ED and HHS
• Teacher Outreach
What do Washington Fellows do?
Greg Mullenholz
Genevieve DeBose
• Assisting with providing
Technical Assistance to States
on key issues like Race to the
Top in the areas of Teacher
and Leader Effectiveness &
Standards and Assessments
• Serving as point on issue
related to Teacher Quality,
Teacher Evaluation, Teacher
Preparation, Teacher
• Supporting Special Education
and STEM work.
• Teacher Outreach
• Middle Grades Reform, looking
at best practice and promising
• Race to the Top technical
Assistances on implementation
of college and career-ready
standards and assessments
• Teacher Outreach
What do Washington Fellows
Claire Jellinek
• Bring teacher perspective to education technology
initiatives that power student learning.
• Highlight technology’s capacity to boost teacher
effectiveness and preparation.
• Generate new pathways for teacher outreach and
communication (e.g. blogs, facilitation of teacher
• Develop a teacher outreach and communications strategy
for the Office of International Affairs around 21st century
What do Classroom Fellows
Classroom Fellows work primarily on Teacher
Outreach at the local, state and regional level
with Regional Communications staff. Some
examples are:
 Hosting round-tables with education stakeholders
 Meeting with federal, state, and local policy makers
 Sharing specific ED publications with teachers face to
face or electronically;
 Organizing conferences or school visits with Senior Staff.
What do Classroom Fellows
Sharla Steever, Hill City SD
Bruce Wellman, Olathe, KS
Partnered within SD to create a
documentary on American Indian
Education Issues.
Traveled the Reservations in SD to
hold Teacher Round Tables and
Interviews to understand the issues
of American Indian Education better.
Assisted Arne Duncan, Bill
Mendoza and Keith Moore while
they were in SD holding round
tables and also attended the
National Indian Education
Association gathering in
Albuquerque while assisting Michael
Working with Regional Teacher
Networks for round tables and
increasing awareness of work of ED
Provided specific support to events
connected to our own areas of
expertise (i.e. National Board
certified Teachers event)
Participated in work with WTAF on
specific areas of interest/expertise
(ED Tech)
What is the application like?
6 Narrative pieces, 2 letters and a resume
that demonstrate:
• Contributions to Student Learning
• History of Leadership
• Communication Skills
• Insights to bring to Policy and Programs
• Professional Training and Development
• Community Support
What is the application
Timeline is from January to May
• Approximately 1000 people submit written applications on
USAJobs answering six narrative questions. (Feb 22)
• Applications reviewed and scored by Fellows and ED
staff. (Feb-Mar)
• The top 75 candidates are interviewed by phone.(late
Mar-early April)
• The top 40 candidates do in person interviews. (April May)
• Identify strongest, most diverse team of teachers.
Your Questions
What characteristics should a strong candidate possess in order to do this job?
Any application tips?
How is housing handled for Washington Fellowship recipients?
Is there a loss of service time for Washington/Regional Fellows?
What is the work like and how do you get assignments?
Is there a specific culminating project for the fellowship?
Is there an opportunity to work directly with lawmakers? Nonprofits?
Is there an opportunity to bring my work back to my school district and share and
colleagues? What does that look it?
How do we balance a full time job and family with this program?
What experiences in the past help you in your role?
What has been the biggest benefit of being a Teaching Ambassador Fellow?
What impact do you have and how long does it take to see an impact?
What is the impact on the Fellow?
What do people do after the Fellowship?
For more information
Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Home Page on ED
Meet our Fellows:
Questions about the life of a Fellow? Ask a Fellow!
Additional Questions about the Program:
Teacher Leaders – Partners in Policy
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