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2012 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFPTM) Washington Policy Seminar

April 22-25, 2012
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS – Deadline: February 22, 2012
Please post your submittal online using the form below.


IEL’s Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) provides an unparalleled opportunity to get the latest information on national education and related policy issues straight from the experts. It is a must-attend event for Education Policy Fellows, as well as EPFP Alumni and former EPFP Coordinators who want to deepen their knowledge of current national education policy issues. The WPS (agenda) begins at Noon on April 22nd and adjourns at Noon on April 25th. It features plenary and breakout sessions; panel discussions, exhibits, and site-visits to Capitol Hill.

The 2012 WPS will feature two rounds of concurrent sessions on national education policy issues:

  • Teacher and Teaching Issues
  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Family, School, Community (non-school factors impacting education performance)
  • Digital Learning
  • Higher Education (reducing drop outs, increasing degree attainment, preparing all students for college and careers)
  • School Choice (charters, home schooling, private schools, virtual schools, vouchers, etc.).

The first round of concurrent sessions will feature national experts (1) identifying the ‘issue problem’ from a/their national point of view, (2) describing the differences of opinion that make resolution difficult, if not impossible, and (3) offering a road-map of the steps necessary to bridge the differences and make policy decisions. The second round of sessions will feature local and state experts with experience responding to and addressing the policy issue.

Call for Presentations:

The second round of concurrent sessions will focus on the same six national education policy issues, but from a local or state policy and/or program point of view. These "what is being done” sessions will explore the many ways local and/or state entities respond to national education policy issues, implement and/or sabotage national policies or, equally important, develop their own strategies to address national education policy issues as they play out in their jurisdiction. For example, a presentation on teacher and teaching issues might focus on a state’s initiative to improve teacher education programs, a local school district’s efforts to strengthen how teachers are inducted/evaluated, or on how a school district is partnering with community organizations to support student achievement. Presentations selected will take place on Wednesday, April 25th.

Submitting a Presentation Abstract: (Deadline: February 22, 2012)

If you are interested in making a presentation focused on local and/or state policy and/or program responses to national education policy issues, please complete the form below. These sessions will take place on Wednesday, April 25th.

You may submit an abstract for an individual or a small group presentation (no more than 3 participants). Your abstract must describe the policy issue to be addressed, provide the national context within the policy context of a particular state or district, and identify the policy/program response on which the presentation will be based. The abstract must also make clear: how and why the response was developed, funded, evaluated, and how the results were shared. IEL Senior Fellows will judge submissions on the basis of: quality of content, clarity of presentation, relevance to the national policy issue, level of participant interaction, and usefulness for WPS participants. The session must explore successes, as well as identify problems. The deadline for submitting an abstract is February 22, 2012. Note: IEL may not be able to accommodate all submissions; individuals submitting abstracts for individual presentations on the same issue may be asked to work together.

If your abstract is selected, you will be contacted by the National EPFP staff by March 9, 2012.

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