Do you feel like you don’t have a voice in education policy discussions? Find out how you can join in and share your opinions with policymakers. It’s easier than you think.

For too many teachers, education policy is something that “happens to them.” When we spoke with teachers across the country, they often reported that they don’t have an opportunity to shape the direction of education in their districts, states, and the country. However, as two Teaching Ambassador Fellows (TAFs) working with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), we have had the opportunity to see teachers both inform and influence policy. In fact, we would like to encourage other teachers to become part of the ongoing dialogue.

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Each year for the past six years, approximately eight to 15 exceptional teachers have been chosen to be Teaching Ambassador Fellows, bridging the gap between education policy and education reality. Classroom Fellows continue teaching in their schools while conducting part-time outreach to teachers in their regions and across the country, while full-time Washington Fellows and Regional Fellows take a leave from their schools for the year to work in Washington, D.C., or from a regional office.
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