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The Education Policy Fellowship Program is pleased to offer continuous learning and professional development opportunities to alumni and partners. This webinar series leverages the expertise in our network into practical, tangible skills to better serve you, leaders for and in education, as you support your communities.



July 29, 2020

K-12 Education During the Pandemic: What's at Stake to Ensure Equity for Our Students

What has Congress done thus far, and is working on now, to support states and districts to continue to provide students a quality education that is safe and equitable? What are the highest priority equity issues for our most vulnerable students, with a closer look at our students with disabilities, during and beyond the pandemic? And, how are states like Maryland working to ensure continued investment in their education system despite the difficult economic circumstances?

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July 14, 2020

Reopening Schools in a Time of Uncertainty: Insights for District Leaders

This webinar focused on the issues facing school superintendents and local school boards as they prepare to reopen public schools. Francisco Negron, Chief Legal Officer of the National School Boards Association, and Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director of Advocacy & Governance at AASA, discussed the kind of leadership and planning needed to ensure that students, teachers, and school staff are safe when schools once again reopen. Both guests shared insights into the work their organizations are doing to support school district leaders and responded to questions from moderator Maria Voles Ferguson, Executive Director of the Center on Education Policy.

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January 23, 2020

Priorities 2020: An Education Policy View from National K-12 Membership Organizations

Education associations can have a big influence on shaping education policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Candidates look to these membership organizations of teachers, administrators, elected officials and other leaders to shape their platforms and the policies they promote. As we kick off the busy 2020 campaign season where education doesn’t always have the loudest voice, join us in a discussion of the cross-cutting federal, state, and local education priorities expressed by your fellow EPFP alumni representing national networks of education leaders.

Presenters: Andrea Prejean, Director – Teacher Quality, National Education Association (DC EPFP 05-06), Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance, AASA, The School Superintendents Association (DC EPFP 09-10), Leslie Finnan, Director, Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (DC EPFP 14-15), Bela Shah Spooner, Program Director, Education and Expanded Learning, National League of Cities (NY EPFP 99-00) 

PowerPoint Presentation: epfp_alumni_webinar_jan_23_2.pdf


April 23, 2019

EPFP Alumni Collaborative Virtual Convening

Recent virtual convening, featuring video of interactive conference for EPFP Alums networking about education equity and policy conversations


June 26, 2018

The Color of Law

Presenter: Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated Americadiscusses his book and takes questions from the audience.


June 7, 2018

Aligning Systems-level Partners for Equitable Communities 

Join EPFP alum Bernice Butler to learn how to identify, connect, and leverage cross-sector partnerships in order to develop more equitable communities. Butler will discuss the importance of addressing community problems rooted in inequity with system-level partners. Participants will also be guided through a partnership assessment tool, designed to help them evaluate their system-level partners for impact and goal alignment.

Presenter: Bernice Butler (EPFP '15-16), Partnership Manager, Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership


April 24, 2018
Data-informed Leadership: Improving Student Success by Doing More with Less

Educational leaders are provided with data in many forms and from multiple sources. Their faculty, staff, and administrators also are overwhelmed with data. Yet, time after time we hear from these leaders that they rarely are able to identify what’s important to use the data effectively to move the needle on student success; that it seems they are always playing catch-up with data. This webinar will provide educational leaders with the tools for turning data into information that is useful, usable, and actionable. Grounded in the concept of leading and lagging indicators, educational leaders will learn how to reduce the number of metrics they monitor and for which they hold their teams accountable. The result will be heightened focus on metrics that lead to student success and can be impacted with research-based strategies to improve instruction, student supports, and policies.

Presenter: Jordan E. Horowitz (EPFP '92-93), Vice President, Institute for Evidence-Based Change, and co-author of Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A New Model for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2017).


September 27, 2016

Make Data Work for Students New Policy Recommendations from the Data Quality Campaign 
Bernice Butler, Senior Associate and Taryn Hochleitner, Senior Associate, Data Quality Campaign


June 28, 2016

NSC as an Integral Part of the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure
Afet Dundar, PhD, Director, Research Center, National Student Clearinghouse














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