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2014 Washington Policy Seminar
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"Our nation’s education system cannot truly be excellent if it is not equitable—our aim must be for all children to learn and acquire needed skills.” (National Academy of Education)

The 2014 WPS was designed to help participant broaden their understanding of federal policies and programs designed to achieve the intertwined goals of equity and excellence in education. It was also designed to help participants develop a more nuanced understanding of equity issues—why they are so hard to address, and why it is so difficult to find and keep the common ground required to identify and resolve them. The presenters are experienced policymakers and practitioners from many disciplines, and have experience in and with organizations (and people)
working on the issues. Participants heard from people on all sides of the issue(s). While they may not agree with them, they were be able to ask probing questions and engage in robust discussions about policies, programs and results.


WPS Agenda-at-a-Glance

View the WPS brochure to see the final agenda and read the session descriptions.

WPS Program Booklet

View the program booklet to learn about the program, read speaker bios, see the participant list.

Briefing Materials

In preparation for WPS, IEL assembled a set of briefing materials that features articles and resources that dig deeper into the equity conversation at the national level as well as the seven concurrent conversation topics:

Many of the articles are written by WPS presenters.
The briefing materials are divided into two sections:


More presentations will be posted soon. Please check back!


As a recent participant of WPS, we welcome your feedback. Please take a few minutes to complete the WPS Evaluation. Your comments and suggestions will be used to improve future national EPFP events. Thank you for your time!

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We hope that you will be able to join us at the 2015 WPS which will be held April 19-22, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Check back for updates on the conference theme, agenda and registration details.

If your organization would like to sponsor the 2015 Washington Policy Seminar, please contact Stefani Wilcox EPFP National Program Coordinator at or 202-822-8405 x135.





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