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"Effective leaders for education must be able to navigate increasingly complex, political and changing environments at the local, state and national levels.” - IEL

EPFP is designed to prepare leaders who can be effective in turbulent contemporary environments. Fellows are equipped with a deeper understanding of the policymaking processes that drive educational practice. They are introduced to education reform ideas and issues through program activities focused on U.S. and global issues, but anchored by their state EPFP program's context. Interactions with researchers, politicians and top officials in public, private and non-profit organizations and agencies give Fellows opportunities to learn about leaders and leadership, increase their knowledge of education and related policy issues and refine their understanding of policymaking and implementation processes. Fellows also become familiar with range of practices and strategies leaders use to function effectively in the policy environment and the connections and disconnections among local, state and national policies.




Policy Resources

School Turnarounds: What has Worked and What Has Failed

A recently published Mathematica study found that the $7 billion school “turn around” program initiated by the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan had been unsuccessful in significantly upgrading student achievement. The Albert Shanker Institute offers a video panel of researchers and practitioners who examine the current state of research and on-the-ground efforts at school improvement that have worked in the past. The panel offers answers to the question “What should educators and policy makers conclude?” on school turnaround efforts.

Seven Questions Boards Should Ask About Their ESSA State Plans

In September the next round of states file comprehensive plans for how they will spend federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In April, D.C. and 16 States turned in their plans. For those outstanding, Kristen Amundson the President/CEO of NASBE, provides a list of seven questions Boards should ask about their ESSA Plans. One of the important questions she lists is “Is stakeholder engagement embedded in the plan and seen as an ongoing activity”.

All in the Family: Supporting Students through Family Engagement in ESSA

ESSA strives to reduce academic achievement gaps for children. Research shows family engagement is essential to meeting this education goal. Research demonstrates that engaging families in the learning process nurtures positive outcomes for both young children and their families. ESSA invites a more comprehensive approach to family engagement, with an emphasis on the ways families contribute to their child’s education. This New America article offers ideas and examples of how ESSA State Plans are incorporating Family Engagement.

Major Savings and Reforms: Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018

Along with the release of the 2018 Budget, The New Foundation for American Greatness, the White House Office of Management and Budget also released this volume to describe the major savings and reform proposals included in the 2018 President’s Budget. It includes both discretionary and mandatory savings proposals that bring Federal spending under control and return the Federal budget to balance within 10 years. In total, this volume highlights 2018 savings of $57.3 billion in discretionary programs, including $26.7 billion in program eliminations and $30.6 billion in reductions.


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