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IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program Graduates its 58th Cohort

IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program Graduates its 58th Cohort

Fellowship program supports education leaders to promote equitable education policy

(Washington DC, May 31, 2022) The Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) is graduating its 58th cohort of Fellows this spring. 

EPFP is a nationally recognized fellowship program that engages a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy. This year’s hybrid cohort was composed of individuals from across the country holding a variety of positions and experiences in the education sector, from preK through post secondary professionals at local, state, regional, and national levels. 

“Today we celebrate the graduation of our 58th cohort of cross-boundary leaders, who join a network of over 10,000 alumni that came before them,”  states Dr. Helen Janc Malone, the Vice President for Research and Innovation, National EPFP Director, and Secretary of the Board. She goes on to say, “We know that in order to ensure meaningful change in support of children, youth, and families, we need to invest in ongoing capacity building of education leaders. The EPFP activates leaders for equity.” 

EPFP provides a unique professional development laboratory in which Fellows apply new insights and practice skills. The program content explores three core elements – policy, leadership, and networking – all built on a foundation of equity. Over the academic year, Fellows have engaged in site-level and national office webinars, leadership and networking sessions, and the capstone Washington Policy Seminar, all designed to build their capacities and competencies in support of more equitable public policy. 

EPFP is the founding program of IEL and a key component of its 58-year old history. Began as a response to the growth of the federal government’s role in education as a result of the enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the program evolved from the Washington Internships in Education (WIE) into EPFP with a purpose to generate education professionals who understood the policy process and the complex changes that state systems were undergoing as a result. It is vital to the field of education, and the future of our learning communities that education leaders understand the impact and implications of federal, state, and local policy and build capacity to lead the change in their communities. 

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