Acknowledging the need to get more input from school leaders on education policy, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced plans to create a principal ambassador fellowship in a speech at the National Association of Secondary School Principalsconference Feb. 28.
The department now has a Teaching Ambassador Fellowship that employs fellows for a year to provide classroom expertise to federal staff members about education initiatives. Duncan said policymakers need to hear the voices of principals more and asked senior staff to find ways to launch a similar fellowship program for building leaders this fall.
"To have great principals working with us can only make us better," he told the gathering of 1,500 principals at the National Harbor, just outside of Washington.
In a question-and-answer session following his remarks, Duncan said....