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New York EPFP
New York EPFP Coordinators
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Robert Monson (EPFP 88-89) 

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis Teachers College, Columbia University

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Lisa Davis (EPFP 10-11)
NY EPFP Coordinator
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The Metro New York Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a unique, yearlong professional development experience open to school administrators, board of education members, leaders of education organizations, and graduate students with an interest in education policy and related issues. NY EPFP is co-sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington DC, Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis at Teachers College, Westchester Putnam Schools Boards Association (WPSBA) and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. EPFP was established in 1964 by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), and the alumni network includes almost 9,000 Fellows.

EPFP focuses on three pillars—policy, leadership, and networking. The 2019-20 NY Metro program will look at federal and state issues through this lens: “Can Equity and Excellence in Education Fulfill both the Public Good and the Individual Good?


The core of the NY EPFP program is monthly policy seminars held on seven Fridays at Teachers College in New York City. These sessions include seminar style lecture/discussion with prominent professors and guest speakers working in the education policy and leadership arena. Participants have found the range of EPFP experiences to be enriching and valuable in the performance of their existing jobs, and in preparing them to assume new, more challenging responsibilities.

  • Each NY Metro Fellow will also work on a team to develop and present a policy analysis paper, focusing on a policy issue that affects their job and/or school district.
  • The EPFP experience will culminate with the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) from March 22-25, 2020 in Washington DC. Fellows from all 17 of the EPFP national sites will come together to gain deeper insight into the complexities of the political framework that affects policy development and implementation at the national and global level. This highly acclaimed conference includes distinguished national speakers, multi-state discussions on key issues, meetings with national policy leaders and influencers, a congressional simulation, and networking opportunities.
  • Most NY Metro Fellows also participate in the optional Regional Leadership Forum (October 10-11, 2019) with EPFP Fellows from six states. This one-of-a-kind event includes a docent-led strategic leadership experience on the Gettysburg National Battlefield and a half-day seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA with Army instructors sharing strategic leadership concepts that are taught to military and government leaders, yet are equally applicable to education leaders. 

Across these learning activities, NY Metro Fellows will focus on:

  • Strategic leadership development. Leadership issues factor into our monthly discussions. On October 6-7, there is an optional trip to the U.S. Army War College and the Gettysburg National Battlefield to become familiar with strategic leadership and the challenges strategic leaders expect to face in the coming years. This trip is a highlight for many, as it reveals the powerful similarities among the leadership, political and strategic challenges faced by the military and education leaders.  
  • Education policy development & implementation at the national and global levels.  At the monthly sessions and in Washington, DC, Fellows will engage with policy makers and education researchers in order to develop an appreciation for the complexities of the political context that surrounds the policy development and implementation processes. This includes education policy development at the state and national levels, the influence of the private sector, and how these initiatives impact local communities and school districts. In addition, each Fellow will learn how to write a policy analysis by the end of the year. The Metro NY EPFP schedule outlines the monthly topics and speakers.   

  • Networking by gaining access to state and national decision-makers who shape education policy as well as meeting EPFP Fellows from 16 other sites.

EPFP relies on a combination of grants and program fees from sponsoring organizations for support. The 2019-20 program fee is $2,750 (fee can be charged through a BOCES staff development Co-Ser, and qualifies for BOCES aid).  Fellows’ sponsors, typically their employing organizations, also underwrite travel expenses for the regional and national experiences. Fellows are considered on a “first come, first served” basis until the cohort – approximately 20 people – is filled.  Please use the "Apply Here" link below to view and complete the online application. 


The co-coordinators for the New York Metro EPFP are Dr. Robert J. Monson (EPFP 1988-89), adjunct faculty member in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University and Lisa P. Davis (EPFP 2010-11), who served as Executive Director of the Westchester Putnam Schools Boards Association (WPSBA) from 2008 to 2019. The Putnam / Northern Westchester BOCES staff provides support for the program. For further information on NY EPFP, please contact us directly.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Bob Monson (, Lisa Davis (



NOTE: Please review the application data and short answer questions prior to filling it out. The application form must be completed and submitted in one sitting as there is no save mechanism.


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