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2016 Washington Policy Seminar - April 13-16
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2016 Washington Policy Seminar

Presidential Politics and Education Policy

April 13-16, 2016

Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown Hotel



This year's theme is Presidential Politics and Education Policy, designed to help you understand the evolution of the federal government and the presidential role in education policy, to go behind the scenes on key new education policies, to closely examine the implications of federal education policy decisions on the states, and to get the inside scoop on the presidential candidates' education agendas. It is your front-row seat to education policy inside the Beltway and on the campaign trail!


Dates, Times, and Location

Dates and Times

The 2016 WPS begins on Wednesday, April 13 at 1 pm and concludes on Saturday, April 16 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 2016 WPS will be held at:

Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown Hotel

2401 M Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037


Agenda & Program Book

The substantive agenda for the 2016 WPS can be found here. To view the full program book as a PDF, click here.

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


Speaker Bios

Biographies, email addresses, and Twitter handles for our WPS speakers and facilitators are available alphabetically or by session.


Pre-WPS Twitter Chat on Tuesday, April 5

All Fellows and alumni are encouraged to participate in a pre-WPS Twitter chat with WPS speakers on Tuesday, April 5, from 8-9 pm ET. Join the chat by using the hashtag #epfpWPS. We will explore the 2016 WPS theme, Presidential Politics and Education Policy. Learn more about the Twitter chat here.


Optional Pre-Readings

Below are some suggested readings to prepare you for the 2016 WPS. These readings will give you some background on the WPS theme and provide you with some useful information to help inform your thinking and formulate questions. See additional resources and optional pre-readings related to specific sessions on the 2016 WPS Resources page.

How Congress Finally Killed No Child Left Behind - POLITICO

Results of President Obama's Race to the Top - EducationNext

The National K-12 Testing Landscape - Education Week



Click here to read a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the 2016 WPS. (Last updated March 2, 2016)

Registration and Hotel Reservations

WPS registration is now closed to Fellows.

For a list of alternate hotels near the Fairmont Hotel, please click here.


Pre- and Post-Conference Activities and Capitol Steps Performance

Registration for pre- and post-conference activities and the Capitol Steps performance is now closed.


EPFP Alumni and Sponsors

EPFP alumni and former EPFP sponsors may attend WPS for a conference fee. Alumni are responsible for their travel and accommodations for the conference. If you are an EPFP alum who is interested in attending WPS, please contact Shaina Cook at

Current EPFP sponsors may attend WPS free of charge. Please contact Shaina Cook at for more information.



If your organization would like to sponsor the 2016 Washington Policy Seminar, please contact Shaina Cook, National EPFP Program Coordinator, at or 202-822-8405 x135.





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