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2017 Washington Policy Seminar - April 23-26
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2017 Washington Policy Seminar

April 23-26, 2017

Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown Hotel



The Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) is designed to help you connect more deeply to the national policy discourse on education and to make connections between the federal and state levels. You will go behind the scenes on key education policies, closely examine the implications of federal decisions on the states, and have opportunities to share across sites on how your states and communities are addressing systemic issues in support of all learners. WPS is your front row seat to education policy inside the Beltway and connection to education leaders from across the country!

When WPS concludes, we trust you will have a fuller understanding of macro contexts and historical trends in federal and state policy; additional tools to operate in a more informed and strategic way in your own organizations, communities, and states; and a supportive and enduring professional EPFP network.

Dates and Times

The 2017 WPS begins on Sunday, April 23 at 1 pm and concludes on Wednesday, April 26 at 12 pm.

Check-in for Fellows: 10:30 am - 1 pm at Fairmont Hotel to receive name tag, conference program, and other materials. Check-in will likely be busiest between 12:30 and 1 pm, so we encourage Fellows to check in earlier during the check-in period if possible.

We highly encourage all Fellows to be present for the entirety of the event.



The 2017 WPS will be held at:

Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown Hotel

2401 M Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037



Registration is mandatory. There is no fee for Fellows.

WPS registration opens December 1, 2016.

Register by filling out this survey. Registration closes January 31, 2017.



Click here to read a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the 2017 WPS.
Last updated January 25, 2017.


Preliminary Agenda

*Pre-reading: The Ever Debatable Federal Role by Mike Usdan, Senior Fellow and former President of IEL

*Pre-reading: Choosing Our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America by Irwin Kirsch, Mary Louise Lennon & Anita Sands of ETS and Henry Braun of Boston College

*Pre-reading: "Getting to scale..." it seemed like a good idea at the time by Richard Elmore in Journal of Educational Change (2016) 17: 529.

*Pre-reading: Guide for the Powerless- And Those Who Don't Know Their Own Power by Samuel Halperin


*Ask your site coordinator(s) for more information about your Hill Day activities and site dinners.

Hotel Reservations

The survey above guarantees event participation only. Accommodation arrangements must be made independently. The room blocks are first come, first serve and reservations are made directly with the hotels.

Our room block at the Fairmont Hotel is now FULL. There are rooms available at the Melrose Hotel.

Pre- and Post-Conference Activities

We will be offering optional pre-conference DC memorial tours on Sunday, April 23, from 10:30am-12pm, and post-conference site visits on Wednesday, April 26, from 1:30-3pm. We will be offering the following pre- and post-conference activities.

Sign-ups are now closed and site visits are full. Please email to inquire about waitlist options. 

Sunday, April 23, 10:30am-12pm

Pre Conference Memorial Tours

Wednesday, April 26, 1:30-3 pm

Post Conference Site Visits


EPFP Alumni and Sponsors

EPFP '15-16 alumni who are making up WPS can attend free of conference fee, but are responsible for registering for the conference and making your room reservation in one of our room blocks.

Similarly, if you are a current EPFP sponsor you may attend WPS free of charge. If you are a sponsor who would like to attend please contact Sarah McCann at for more information. 

EPFP alumni and former EPFP sponsors may attend WPS for a conference fee of $575. You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations for the conference. If you are an EPFP alum who is interested in attending WPS, please contact Sarah McCann a 



If your organization would like to sponsor the 2017 Washington Policy Seminar, please contact Sarah McCann, National EPFP Program Coordinator, at or 202-822-8405 x138.

Click to download our advertisement specs and sponsorship flyer for more detailed information.





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