Mississippi EPFP


Education Policy Fellowship Program



EPFP was extremely beneficial to me as a community leader. I learned valuable advocacy strategies, relationship building, and grass roots efforts that I will utilize in my practice for years to come!   Kimberly Alford, Principal, MS EPFP 2018-2019

 I am grateful for this opportunity that I believe has better equipped me to serve students, teachers, and my community.  Mary Alex Thigpen, Assistant Principal, MS EPFP 2018-2019

One of the most powerful and rewarding experiences an educator can have. This program connects all areas of p-16 and external agencies. We all are working together to make changes in our state, and yet we have so few places to interact. This program helps make those important entities so we can have a larger, more cohesive impact in our state.   —Ellen Shelton, University of Mississippi, MS EPFP 2018-2019

You will learn the most productive avenue to effect change in the area of education that is most important to you. Sometimes that will include going directly to the source, or going over, under, around or create something brand new!    —Melissa Luckett, Instructional Design Specialist, MS EPFP 2018-2019




The Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a year-long program that convenes education stakeholders from across the state of Mississippi to learn more about local, state, and national policy and develop skills to advocate for education policies with a focus on educational equity.

Mississippi EPFP Fellows:

  • develop deeper understanding of current local, state, and national education policy issues with a focus on educational equity
  • build knowledge and skills to engage in effective advocacy
  • strengthen leadership skills and build networks to to advance the work as effective education advocates
Mississippi EPFP Fellows are professionals who have a direct interest in education policy from preschool through higher education. This includes educators, administrators, and higher education professionals as well as individuals from non-profit, community-based and business organizations and social service agencies. 



Focus of MS EPFP

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.

The program brings fellows and ideas together through a variety of onsite learning activities. 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. 




Meeting Information

The 2020-2021 MS-EPFP cohort will be virtual. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month (except December and March) using an online video conferencing platform. If circumstances allow, we will meet in person at the Mississippi Capitol in January or February and convene together for our closing event/graduation ceremony in May.  In addition to statewide virtual meetings, the national EPFP organization will host a virtual Washington Policy Seminar March. Dates and times for WPS are still being determined.  In addition to attendance and virtual meetings, short readings, a policy project, and other experiences will be scheduled each month.

Meeting Dates/Times:

October 21, 2020, 1:00-4:30 PM

November 18, 2020, 1:00-4:30 PM

January 20, 2021, 1:00-4:30 PM

February 17, 2021, 1:00-4:30 PM

March, TBD

April 21, 2021, 1:00-4:30 PM

May 4, 2021 Graduation Ceremony and National Speaker


Program Costs

The fee for the 2020-2021 MS-EPFP program is $850. This fee includes the cost of all program events, including the virtual  Washington Policy Seminar.  Fellows will also receive, by mail, materials related to program activities (e.g., at least one book related to education policy and equity, etc.)


Employer Sponsorship and Support

Because of the benefits of EPFP as professional development, many MS-EPFP employers are sponsored by their employer. Even if your employer is not paying the program fees, we ask you to submit the employer support form as a component of your application, confirming that you have employer support to participate in the EPFP program during the scheduled meeting times.


CEUs and SEMIs/OSLs are available 



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