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Fellowship for Urban Education Leaders (FUEL)

Program Overview

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is launching the 2016 Fellowship for Urban Education Leaders (FUEL) program to provide exemplary educators, research, and policy professionals the opportunity to shape State activities and policies in the District of Columbia. The seven-week program, occurring June 27-Aug. 12, 2016, provides outstanding educators and graduate students opportunities to work within the OSSE Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education’s Teaching and Learning Department on key projects and initiatives.

Fellows who are selected will be assigned to tasks in support of the following projects:

Educator Preparation Program Approval Reform (one fellow)

During the summer of 2016, OSSE will engage a task force comprised of educators and educator preparation professionals to examine its existing system for recognizing DC-based preparers of teachers, school leaders, and school service providers. This in-depth assessment will result in the creation of a comprehensive proposal, for subsequent adoption, that outlines the standards, program requirements, review procedures, and other protocols for state educator preparation program approval. A fellow with strong analytical and planning skills will work to support the planning and facilitation of task force meetings as well as development of the written proposal and additional materials for communicating about the plan with stakeholders. The work will also include substantial research of best practices from across the country in order to inform OSSE’s policy recommendations. Finally, the fellow will assist in collecting data, tracking correspondence, and coordinating logistics.

District of Columbia STEM Network (one fellow)

The District of Columbia joins 14 states in the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards and is working to support LEAs as they transition to the new standards. A fellow with strong analytical and planning skills will work to coordinate and develop a NGSS resource toolkit for LEAs and schools. Tasks will include lesson/unit plan development, curricular research and program evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and cooperative resource development.

ESL/English Learner Program Fellow - Program Support (one Fellow)

To assist local education agencies (LEAs) in fulfilling their obligations to students learning English, as required by local and Federal law, OSSE is developing resources to aid Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools in developing effective systems of delivery of programs for English learners (ELs). The Title III, Part A program team (English Language Acquisition unit) seeks a fellow to support the development of a comprehensive needs assessment (LEA self-assessment) and program evaluation tool to support the effort. Additionally, the work will include in-depth research into requirements and best practices in EL program services to inform updates to OSSE resources.  Lastly, the fellow will provide assistance in the preparation and execution of the annual English Learner Summer Symposium for teachers, leaders, and the community, taking place in August 2016.

Program Highlights

  • Engage in the daily activities of OSSE’s K-12 Teaching and Learning Department;
  • Advise OSSE leaders on a variety of teaching and learning-related initiatives that impact DC public and charter schools;
  • Participate in job-embedded professional development supported by mentoring and regular engagement with OSSE program staff;
  • Participate in meetings and discussions across a broad range of key educational topics; and
  • Share opinions and make presentations to leadership within OSSE


The FUEL Fellowship is open to all LEA administrators, school leaders, teachers, and exemplary graduate students.


Each FUEL Fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend upon COMPLETION of fellowship requirements.


  1. Prospective applicants must submit a completed application and the following attachments:
    1. cover letter;
    2. résumé; and
    3. writing sample.
  1. Selected candidates will be asked to participate in a 15-20 minute telephone interview.

Application documents are to be submitted Tasha Jones at [email protected].


  • May 6, 2016 - Applications are made available to prospective candidates
  • May 27, 2016 - Applications with the three required attachments are due
  • June 6-10, 2016 - Finalist interviews
  • June 13-17, 2016 - Notifications of final selection
  • June 27-Aug. 12, 2016 -  FUEL Fellowship activities take place


For more information or questions, please contact Tasha Jones at (202) 724-7878 or [email protected].

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Service Contact: 
Tasha Jones
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Contact Phone: 
(202) 724-7878
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Service Location: 

Education, Office of the State Superintendent of

GIS Address: 
810 1st Street NE