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Washington, DC EPFP

DC EPFP Coordinators

Dahlia Shaewitz (EPFP 09-10)
Vice President, Transition, Disability, & Employment
Institute for Educational Leadership
More about Dahlia
Jennifer R. Crandall, Ph.D. (EPFP 15-16)
Senior Research Analyst
Learning and Engagement
American Council on Education
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Rona Frederick, Ph.D. (EPFP 18-19)
Associate Professor of Education
The Catholic University of America
More about Rona


DC Site Sponsoring Organization


The Washington, D.C. EPFP provides unparalleled opportunities for Fellows to develop leadership 
skills and an understanding of public policy with a focus on equity.

The program capitalizes on the area's wealth of resources, including an extensive DC-area network of more than 1,500 alumni, and the talented Fellows in the program each year.

The EPFP program is built on a foundation of equity. Three core elements of professional development explored are:

  • understanding of policy issues and processes, to learn about the outcomes of policy-making and implementation at multiple levels
  • leadership development from personal and theoretical perspectives to expand the knowledge, skills, and practices of leaders able to effect positive change
  • active networking to develop relationships with diverse colleagues, expand ability to collaborate, and broaden relationships across a range of organizations


A weekend retreat introduces Fellows to the program’s substance and begins the process of team-building. Fellows meet thereafter at evening sessions twice each month, and four extended, day-long sessions provide the opportunity for deeper study of significant issues or policy areas.

Seminars, site visits, book club discussions, and a team policy project engage Fellows in studying topics of current, as well as perennial interest, including issues of national concern and the more immediate challenges to policymakers and service in a metropolitan, cross-jurisdictional area. The Annapolis Study Tour enables Fellows to explore the dynamics of state level policy-making, while the Washington Policy Seminar connect Fellows to the broader network of 300+ national fellows in a discourse on federal and national education policy topics.

Instrumental feedback through leadership and social styles inventories provides a range of alternative perspectives on each Fellow’s profile of strengths and areas for development. Each Fellow then creates a professional development plan to reinforce professional growth as an intentional, systematic process.

Download 2020-2021 Syllabus

Download DC EPFP Brochure: PDF

I started classes (at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) and ... have referenced my experience at EPFP quite a few times already as a positive experience that helped me connect with other educators and understand/discuss various topics in education with equally bright and passionate individuals. I cannot express how much I believe EPFP has prepared me for this year and am very thankful for the experience you created! I hope the next cohort has as awesome of a time in the program (but of course I know they will).”

~Sireesha Kalapala (DC EPFP 2014-15)

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