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Helen Janc Malone
Director, National EPFP
Director of Institutional Advancement
Institute for Educational Leadership
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Dr. Helen Janc Malone joined IEL in 2013 as the Director of Institutional Advancement and in 2014 also began directing IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. She also directs IEL’s education policy portfolio and is the Secretary of the Board. Helen is focused on continuing to grow IEL as premier voice on cross-boundary. Her areas of expertise include education policy and leadership, expanded learning, and systems-level change in both national and global contexts.

Helen is the chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Educational Change Special Interest Group (SIG), Board member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, editor-in-chief of the Information Age Publishing book series “Current Issues on Out-of-School Time,” and serves on the editorial board of a peer reviewed Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities. She is also a peer reviewer for several academic journals focused on educational change, youth development, and school-community partnerships.

Her recent books include: The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future (Information Age Publishing, 2018); The Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change (Routledge, 2018); Empowering Teachers: The Role of School-Community Partnerships (book chapter with Reuben Jacobson, IEL, in Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up, 2015); Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013), The Futures of School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2012, co-authored chapter with Jeffrey Henig and Paul Reville). Her recent journal issue is Broadening Professional Communities Through Collaborative Partnerships, Journal of Professional Capital and Community (Vol. 2, Issue 4, 2017).

She has co-founded two special interest groups within AERA. She has given distinguished lectures domestically and abroad and has appeared in mass media, including PBS, C-SPAN, Huffington Post, and has run two Education Week blogs.

Helen holds Ed.D. in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice from Harvard University.


Sarah McCann
Coordinator, National EPFP
Institute for Educational Leadership
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Sarah McCann took on the role of Education Policy Fellowship Coordinator in October 2016. In this role she provides programmatic, logistical, event management, and communications support for the National Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) and supports other IEL networking functions. She joined IEL as a Coalition for Community Schools Intern and went on to support the National Forum for Community Schools and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference before her current position.

Prior to joining IEL, Sarah volunteered as a teacher and consultant for United Action for Children-Cameroon and worked as a research intern at the Institute for Employment Studies. Before moving to DC she lived in Brighton, England, where she volunteered in homelessness prevention as a youth advisor and served as the community engagement officer for her local Ultimate Frisbee club.

Sarah graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Geography and Anthropology, and an MA in Social Development focusing on the anthropology of childhood. 

The National Office is supported by the hard work of student interns throughout the year. Read more about what it's like to intern with EPFP!

Intern Reflections:

Sunny Garcia- Spring 2017 Washington Policy Seminar Intern
Joie Kichton- Summer 2017 EPFP Communications Intern
Mary Ayegbusi- Fall 2017 EPFP Policy Events Intern
Rayna Green- Summer 2018 EPFP Communications Intern




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