California Education Policy Fellowship Program

The California Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a professional development program that aims to strengthen education policymaking in California. The inaugural cohort will convene in the fall of 2016. 

National EPFP

The 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 pillars of the national EPFP are:

PolicyFellows learn about specific policy issues; policymaking and implementation processes; the interface of local, state, and national policies; and the practices effective leaders use to function in the policy environment.

LeadershipFellows develop familiarity with different types of leadership, explore their potential as leaders, and learn from interactions with proven leaders.

Networking. Fellows learn to establish mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues, expand their range of strategies for developing and using influence, and build a larger, more diverse range of professional resources and contacts.

California EPFP

California EPFP is jointly administered by the Education Insights Center and the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University to support the development of a new generation of skilled, informed education leaders who can develop and implement effective policy. The program brings together approximately 20 professionals over the course of an academic year to explore critical topics related to the national program’s three pillars: policy, leadership, and networking. California EPFP is tailored to address particular challenges in the state through its focus on 1) connecting K-12 and postsecondary education and 2) connecting state policy development and local implementation needs. These connections will be supported through the selection of Fellows, networking opportunities, the curriculum and speaker series, and the applied projects that Fellows complete.

California EPFP is supported by generous grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

At a Glance

California EPFP 2016–17

Seminar 1: October 21-23, 2016, Kellogg West, Pomona
Confirmed speakers: Patrick M. Callan and Gary K. Hart
Seminar 2: February 24-26, 2017, Asilomar, Pacific Grove
Washington Policy Seminar: April 2017 (exact dates TBA), Washington, DC
Seminar 3: June 2-4, 2017, Granlibakken, Tahoe

For more information:
Jodi Lewis, California EPFP state coordinator
Jodi.lewis@csus.edu
916.278.3936

Terra Thorne, California EPFP state coordinator
Terra.thorne@csus.edu
916.278.4487

The application period for the 2016-17 cohort has closed.

Applications for the 2017-18 cohort will open in spring 2017.