Ed School Ambassador Scholarship Program supports national education initiatives with the expertise of school-based practitioners.
The program promotes collaboration between education practitioners and the federal government, engages educators in education policy, and amplifies the voice of practitioners in national dialogue.
JoLisa Hoover was previously an ED Fellow. She was a member of the first class of scholars in 2008, by which time she had 23 years of classroom experience. She describes fellows as translators who speak the language of politics and the language of the classroom. They use this skill to make connections between policy and practice.
“Scholars would go out into the field and listen to the educators,” says JoLisa. They used this information and expertise to inform policy.
“It felt very important, getting the practitioner voice heard in the work,” she says.
This ability to create dialogue and share expertise makes the School Ambassador Scholarship Program a valuable resource for Department initiatives.
“We are better when we are together,” says JoLisa. “When we listen to educators and hear about the impact of politics on them and listen to how they solve the challenges they face, we deliver an even better product.”
A cohort of scholars is selected each year from a pool of outstanding K-12 applicants, teachers, administrators, and student support providers. While at the ED, fellows complete a capstone project in support of an ED initiative.
“It’s an opportunity to learn about education policy and share your experience,” JoLisa tells those who might consider applying to become an ambassador for the school. “It’s an opportunity to shape things.”
“Politics is important,” she continues, “it may seem distant, but it affects you. It is important that we stay engaged and stand up for the interests of the children we serve. »
The School Ambassador Scholarship seeks teachers, administrators, student support providers, or other certified school personnel who have at least five years of experience and plan to be employed in their role. present in the next school year. Ideal candidates have a history of demonstrable and significant impact on student achievement and academic achievement, and a record of leadership in their school and community settings. Learn more about the School Ambassador Scholarship Program here.