Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program
Note: the 2013-2014 Principal Ambassador Fellowship Application is now closed. Please consider signing up to receive updates in the future.
“Having great, current principals working with us on an ongoing basis will only make us better”
– Secretary Duncan
The U.S. Department of Education is launching a Principal Ambassador Fellowship (PAF) program, modeled on the current Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program, in order to better allow local leaders to both contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue about public education and in turn learn more about education policy at the Federal level. The PAF program is meant to recognize the important impact that a principal has on instructional leadership, the school environment, and talent management. In order to implement needed reforms, all stakeholders, and most importantly teachers and principals, must understand the intent of policy and be engaged in the outcomes.
The PAF position will provide outstanding principals who have a record of leadership, student achievement, strong communication skills, and insights from their school experiences an opportunity to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large. In the first year, PAFs will take on the pioneering role of shaping the implementation and design of the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program.
While the exact mission and goals of the PAF program will be shaped by the principals themselves, the Department’s goals with the program are to:
- Recognize the importance and impact of principals in schools on instructional leadership, talent management, and community culture
- Improve education programs and policies by strengthening the connection to practical knowledge about school realities to find a better way to recruit, prepare, develop, and retain effective school leaders
- Highlight the voice of principals with the education community and country at large
For more information on the background of the PAF Program, please review our Program Overview.
Please note that in this first year, ED is only accepting applications for a part-time Campus Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. The Campus PAF program will enables principals to participate on a part-time basis from their home locations for the Department, in addition to their regular school responsibilities.