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Network Leadership Teams and Social Media Champions,

National Board Certified Teachers are teacher leaders.  The National Board encourages NBCTs to stretch their growth and share their expertise and experience.  Below are some opportunities to be more involved in the profession of education.  Please consider involvement in these opportunities and share them with your networks.


Thank you for being great leaders in education,
Tami Fitzgerald, NBCT                       
Director, Engagement and Mobilization
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards  | @tfitz7  |   

National Board Research Project:

I am an assistant principal in Garrett County, Maryland. I achieved National Board Certification in 2018 and now I am working on my doctorate degree. As part of earning my degree, I am conducting research on the lived experiences of National Board Certified Teachers before, during, and after their certification. I am interested in learning what motivates teachers to pursue and sustain certification. I am looking to create a diverse sample for my study. To do that, I am asking that you distribute the following questionnaire to the NBCTs in your network. Here is the link to my questionnaire:  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your support,

Sandy Coluzzi

National Assessment Governing Board - due Nov 8

I’m reaching out because the National Assessment Governing Board – which oversees the country’s only national evaluation of what students know and can do – is seeking nominations for Board positions to be appointed in 2022. Two of the four positions are for a 4th-grade and 8th-grade teacher.
The 26-member Governing Board oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. Through NAEP, educators, policymakers, and the public get objective, independent data about the condition and progress of American education and on learning environments across the country.

Serving on the Governing Board means making a nationwide impact on education. The Department of Education has asked for a PAEMST alum to serve on the Board.

Board nominations must be submitted online by Nov. 8. You can learn more about the open positions, Board members’ responsibilities, and the submission requirements here.


Stephaan Harris
U.S. Department of Education
Announcing the application window for the 2022-2023 cohort of U.S. Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship opens Friday, October 15, 2021.  The application portal will be open for application submissions through Friday, January 14, 2022!
The School Ambassador Fellowship is designed to improve educational outcomes for students by leveraging the expertise of school-based practitioners in the creation, dissemination, and evaluation of national education policy. Founded on the principles of partnership, collaboration and cooperation with school-based educators, the Fellowship seeks to:
  • Create a community of teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other school staff members who share their expertise with one another and collaborate with Department of Education leaders on issues important to students and educators nationwide.
  • Involve practicing educators in developing policies that holistically affect learning environments.
  • Highlight practitioners' voices and expand educators' critical leadership at the local, state, and national levels.
The School Ambassador Fellowship offers two separate 9-month tracks: full-time and part-time. The full-time appointment is based at the Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, DC and requires Fellows to relocate to the Washington, DC area for their Fellowship experience.  The part-time fellowship does not require relocation allows educators to maintain their regular school responsibilities in their home communities, while also participating in the School Ambassador Fellowship experience.
To be eligible for the School Ambassador Fellowship, participants must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Currently be a teacher, administrator, counselor, social worker, or other school staff member (and anticipate being employed in this role during the 2022 – 2023 school year).
  • Be employed by a traditional public, charter, private, virtual, military (DoDEA), or tribal (BIE) school that serves any grade, preschool through twelfth.
  • Have at least five years of experience in his/her role, up to and including the current school year.
  • Have daily interaction with students and/or educators in his/her school/district role.
Ideal candidates for this program are educators from public, charter, independent, magnet, parochial schools, etc. who have made significant contributions to student learning and culture, can effectively communicate to a variety of internal and external education stakeholders, and can promote excellence in education through their collaboration and leadership capabilities.

The deadline to apply for the 2022 – 2023 School Ambassador Fellowship is Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.  For more information and to apply, please visit the School Ambassador Fellowship Website.  Prospective applicants should email us at with general questions about the program or eligibility to apply.
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