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Mississippi EPFP Coordinators

Devon Brenner (EPFP '04-05)
Office of Research and Economic Development Professor, Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
Mississippi State University
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MS EPFP Fellows on Hill Day at the Washington Policy Seminar


"I had high expectations going into the Mississippi EPFP cohort and the program exceeded those expectations. I felt like I was part of a collegial family of peers expanding my knowledge of local, state, and national education issues while also working for the advancement of Mississippi State University. I'm proud to be an EPFP fellow. I highly recommend this enriching and challenging program." 

- Michael Black, 16-17 Fellow 


"The Educational Policy Fellow Program helped me to better understand the challenges and complexities of advocacy and policy making in Education. I gained new knowledge and insights from the monthly meetings, readings, guest speakers, and of course, the culminating trip to Washington DC!  It has enhanced my learning of the policy arena and has furthered my commitment to the field."  


- Anastasia Elder, 16-17 Fellow


The Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a year-long program co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University.  The Mississippi EPFP program is a state chapter of the national EPFP program housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC, that convenes education stakeholders from around the country to discuss education policy and cultivate a national network of education leaders.


The Mississippi EPFP program is available to professionals who have a direct interest in education policy and advocacy. This includes but is not limited to teachers, principals, superintendents, state education agency representatives, and higher education professionals. In addition, individuals from community-based and business organizations, individuals who work in social service agencies, and military personnel are encouraged to apply. 


Mississippi EPFP provides emerging leaders in education and related fields with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy.  


Over a nine-month commitment, fellows concentrate on three program strands: public policy, leadership, and professional networking. Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Mississippi.


Fellows learn about specific policy issues, policymaking, and implementation processes; the intersections of local, state, and national policies; and how effective leaders function in the policy environment. Participation in the EPFP opens doors for fellows to network and collaborate with statewide and national education leaders. Upon program completion, fellows gain access to a rich, national alumni network.


Meetings are held monthly in Jackson, MS.  The program brings fellows and ideas together through a variety of onsite learning activities designed to create a personal development laboratory for applying new insights and cultivating new skills. Participants will hear and discuss education policy with respected policymakers from across the state and nation. At the end of the year, fellows will be better informed and more skillful advocates for sound public policy. 


2019-2020 Mississippi EPFP Meeting Dates (subject to change)



Program Costs
Tuition: $2500*
Hotel, Meals, Flight for WPS: $1,500 (estimated)
TOTAL: Approximately $4,000

*covers administrative and meeting costs, including meals, materials, and activities at all monthly meetings in Jackson, as well as conference registration and some meals during the Washington Policy Seminar.


Contact Information:

All Mississippi EPFP questions and comments can be directed to


Information and application for the 2019-2020 cohort will be available soon. Space is limited, so apply early!


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