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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Fellows started presenting their group projects to their classmates at the April colloquium. Here, Virginia Spencer, Associate Vice President of Education, Action Ministries, conducts her portion of her group’s presentation: Collective Impact of Non-Academic Support.

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. 

What is the value of the program?

Here are two recent graduates - Brian Pauling and Mike Carnathan - who talk about the value and impact of the program both professionally and personally.

Here's more from 2015 Fellows Pat Falotico, Robert Gaines, Amy Foust and Angela Hurtado. They explain in this short video the impact they feel the program makes, why they chose to participate and why others with an interest in education policy in Georgia should apply.

The Class of 2017

Colloquium 6 (April 12)

The Fellows began their class group-project presentations. Three groups briefed the class on their topics:  Impactful Programs Statewide; Collective Impact of Non-Academic Support; and Supporting Strategic and Impactful Programs.

The afternoon session featured a panel discussion:  Moving Forward: Education and Workforce Readiness.  Panelists included: Cynthia Bennett, Director of Programs, Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Cooper, Assistant Vice Chancellor of College Access Initiatives, GEAR UP, Georgia Project Director; Amy Lancaster, Director of Workforce Development and Public Policy, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Barbara Wall, Director, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education; and Mark Whitlock, CEO, Central Educational Center.

Colloquium 5 (March 8)

High Performing & Effective Schools: What Do They Look Like? how Do We Create Them?

The morning session focused on "Turning Around the Lowest Performing Schools in Georgia" and featured the following guest speakers: Dr. Will Rumbaugh, Director, Division of School and District Effectiveness, Georgia Department of Education, and other members of the DOE team: Joann Hooper, Division Program Manager; Phillip Luck, North Area Program Manager; Sam Taylor, Metro Area Program Manager; and Patty Rooks, South Area Program Manager.

The afternoon session featured the Banneker High School Engagement Team: Mr. Brannon Gaskins, Overview of the Achievement Zone; Duke Bradley (Banneker Principal), Overview of Banneker High School; and Dr. Ava Debro, Overview of Junior Achievement.  This period ended with a Fellows Q/A with members of the Banneker staff and tour of the campus.

Colloquium 4 (February 8)

"Education in a Flattening World: International Comparisons of Teaching and Learning" presented by Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President Emeritus, University of West Georgia.

The Fellows also reviewed the film "2 Million Minutes" and broke into work groups to discuss and plan project presentations that will be delivered in April and May.

Colloquium 3 (January 11)

"Critical Linkages to Education: The Connections and Intersections of Policy Sectors" was the topic for the January meeting.

Speakers included: Arianne Weldon, Director, Get Georgia Reading Campaign - Influences on Grade Level Readying - A New Framework.
Rob Rhodes, Director of Projects, Georgia Appleseed, Center for Law and Justice - Effective Student Discipline: Keeping Kids in Class.
Ashley Rivera, Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission - Neighborhood Planning: How Housing Policy Influences Child Outcomes.
Dr. Garry McGiboney, Deputy Superintendent - External Affairs and Policy, Georgia Department of Education - Child Mental Health

Colloquium 2 (November 9)

This session focused on two topics: Toward a Better Understanding of Policymaking Under the Gold Dome and School Funding and Finance: Following the Money Stream.

Leading off the policy discussion was a panel comprised of Margaret Ciccarelli, Director of Legislative Affairs, Professional Assn. of Georgia Educators (PAGE), Cosby Johnson, Government Affairs Manager, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Sen. Lindsey Tippins, Chair, Georgia State Senate Education and Youth Committee. 

Funding was broken in to two sessions with Dr. Carolyn Bourdeaux, Associate Professor, Director - Center for State and Local Finance, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, who presented the "Big Picture of Georgia's Public Budget." 

She was followed by Claire Suggs, Georgia Budget and Policy Inst., who presented "Public School Funding: Education Reform Commission, QBE vs. Student Based Funding."

Colloquium 1 (October 12)

Mike Carnathan, Manager of the Research and Analytics Division, Atlanta Regional Commission:  The Impact of Changing Demographics on Georgia's Education System, the Five Georgias: What Policymakers Need to Know, and Demographics as Destiny.

More About EPFP

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 the 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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