The California Education Policy Fellowship Program


California EPFP is part of an established national program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), a Washington, DC-based non-profit. The three curricular pillars of the national program are policyleadership, and networking.

The National EPFP content framework lays out the knowledge, skills, and practices participants gain. Building upon this framework, California EPFP has the following learning outcomes:

Policy. Participants learn about public education imperatives from various perspectives; examine policymaking and implementation efforts intended to support equitable student outcomes for underrepresented students; explore ways that (in)equity manifests within and across education systems; and grow their understanding of the interconnectedness of K-12 and postsecondary education policy. 

LeadershipParticipants strengthen their leadership abilities; learn from interactions with public education leaders in California; and develop familiarity with strategies effective leaders use to create equity-driven change. 

NetworkingParticipants foster lasting relationships with a diverse community of education leaders that results in a larger network of professional contacts; build cross-sector connections that can lead to more inclusive and collaborative policymaking.

California EPFP

California EPFP focuses on connecting people across four quadrants: K-12, postsecondary education, policy, and practice. We bring approximately 20 professionals together over the course of an academic year to explore and collaborate around the complex challenges our public education systems face. By supporting growth in individuals and cohorts over time, the program aims to contribute to improved policy development and implementation that leads to more equitable student outcomes in California within and across education systems. The program is jointly administered by the Education Insights Center and the Center for California Studies and is financially supported by the State of California and generous grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert FoundationThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and College Futures Foundation.

For a peek inside some of our previous sessions, check out our blog posts on EPFP.



 *Applications are open now until July 8, 2020

California EPFP 2020–21

Seminar 1: Multi-session online format (dates and times TBD)

Seminar 2: February 4-6, 2021 (Kellogg West, Pomona)

Washington Policy Seminar (optional): March 21-24, 2021 (Washington DC)

Seminar 3: April 30 – May 2, 2021 (Granlibakken, Tahoe)

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions that remain in place for many state and school district employees, our fall seminar will be online. We will notify applicants of fall dates and times on July 9. The spring seminars and WPS dates are tentative; the format and timing will depend on the guidelines and restrictions in place as we move forward through next year.

For more information, contact:
Terra Thorne, California EPFP Director


Current Fellows