This invaluable one-week summer experience offers one Meade Fellow an opportunity to come to Washington, DC, visit leading education organizations, and meet with chief architects of change in education policy. A stipend will be provided (amount to be determined).
IEL and the Meade Fellow create an ideal slate of appointments, as guided by the Fellow’s research and professional interests. IEL contacts the chosen experts, makes the introductions, and coordinates the entire agenda. The Meade Fellow then engages in one-on-one meetings and creates professional and lifelong connections. As one recent Meade Fellow, Christina Weiland, assistant professor at University of Michigan School of Education, explains:
"My Meade Fellowship experience can be summed up in seven words: access, access, access and context, context, context! I consider the Meade Fellowship to be one of the crucial pieces of my excellent HGSE education. Through meeting with lobbyists, researchers, policymakers, and advocates, I gained a clearer understanding of the context in which my research on early childhood education would be read and understood. I also gained direct access to leaders in my field. Four years later, I have worked closely with one person I met during the fellowship. I contacted another recently for some future work and received an immediate response. Others, I continually bump into at policy and research events when I am in DC. I am forever grateful to have received this honor."
The Meade Fellowship was established in 1996 in honor of Edward J. Meade, Jr., (HGSE C.A.S. ’59, Ed.D. ’60), who was instrumental in leading many educational reform initiatives for the Ford Foundation.