Education Policy Fellowship Program

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What Is EPFP?

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) that provides potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. Each participating state has autonomy over its program.

It is an initiative of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is co-sponsored by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. The program connects potential educational leaders with one another to build the capacity for our state to raise the bar for student learning and achievement.

The program addresses the need for an education leadership development program in the state to provide potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. It serves as a critical resource for individuals, organizations and the state to increase the knowledge about education policy and linkages between policy and practice. Ultimately EPEP seeks to improve the chances of children and youth to succeed. 

2017-2018 Colloquiums

Colloquium 2, November 15, School Funding and Finance: Following the Money Stream and Towards Better Understanding of Policymaking Under the Gold Dome

Dr. Maggie Reeves, Interim Director, Center for State and Local Finance, Georgia State University. and Dr. Robert Buschman, Senior Research Associate, Center for State and Local Finance and Fiscal Research Center, Georgia State University: The Big Picture of Georgia's Public Budget

Claire Suggs, Senior Education Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute: Public School Financing

Representative Randy Nix (R-69), Georgia House of Representatives, Education Committee; Louis Erste, Associate Superintendent for Policy, Charter Schools, District Flexibility, and Governmental Affairs, Georgia Department of Education; Margaret Ciccarelli, Director of Legislative Affairs, Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE); and David Goldie, Government Affairs and Policy, Fulton County Schools: Toward a Better Understanding of the Policymaking Process in Georgia Under the Gold Dome 

Colloquium 1, October 19, The Demographic Landscape of Georgia

Christina De Giulio, Senior Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission, The Impact of Changing Demographics on Georgia's Education System
Leah Austin, VP of Programs, Southern Education Foundation, A New Majority - Impacts in the South and Across the Nation
Open Discussion - The Five Georgias: What Policymakers Need to Know

What do graduates have to say about the program?

2017 EPFP Graduate Amy Hutchins: 

2017 EPFP Graduate Alexa Brown:     

2017 EPFP Graduate Paige Pushkin:  

The Class of 2017 formally ended their 9-month course of education policy study with graduation ceremonies conducted at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on May 24.

Paige Pushkin, Executive Director, Georgia Foundation for Public Education, was chosen by her classmates to address the Fellows upon their conclusion of their work.  Here are excerpts from her presentation:

Looking back on November 9 - right at the peak of a challenging and tumultuous time for the entire country.  The election was over, and our nation was left more divided than ever - I was more convinced than ever, that it is my... and your responsibility to make Georgia what we want it to be.  I am not waiting for anyone else to do it.  I'm certainly not waiting for a politician or political party to do it.  It is my responsibility...

Here's what I have gained (from EPFP).  I have gained reassurance in the good in people's hearts to do something for the students of Georgia.  I believe all of us, through the last year, either became passionate or had our passion renewed, for the students and families in Georgia who need us most.  And we all grew as leaders...

Whether we are exploring grade level reading, student discipline, housing policies, child mental health, global education, or school performance, we are the leaders we have been waiting for.  And we lead with our love...

So I leave you with this... How will you lead now?  How will you lead differently?  As Muhammad Ali said, "Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on earth."  How will you pay your rent now that EPFP is over?

What are the Requirements?

The Fellows commit nine months and concentrate on three program strands: public policy, leadership, and professional networking. They remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Georgia.

What are the Personal Benefits?

The program provides Fellows with a unique personal development laboratory for applying new insights and for cultivating new skills. The participants will hear and discuss education policy with the most respected policy makers in the state and nation. At the end of a year, EPFP Fellows will be better informed, more skillful advocates for sound public policy.

What are the Benefits to Georgia?

With the implementation of EPFP, the Georgia Partnership, the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, and the Office of the President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, cultivate strategic leaders who have the capacity to advocate for and create sound public policy to improve public education. Ultimately, EPFP seeks to improve the chances of children and youth to succeed.

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