California EPFP provides a comprehensive approach to knowledge and skill-building among Fellows. The program comprises the following elements:

Weekend seminars

Fellows attend three intensive, mandatory weekend seminars in October, February and June.

Each weekend focuses on selected policy issues, drawn from a custom-designed curricula. Fellows will lead and facilitate discussions with state and national education experts, explore topics in small groups, and build intra-cohort relationships through informal conversations and activities.

Research projects

Between seminar weekends, participants work on team research projects and continue interacting via webinars and other distance technologies.

Washington Policy Seminar

In addition to the three intensive seminars, participants have the opportunity to attend EPFP’s national Washington Policy Seminar in Washington, DC, which allows Fellows to (a) network and interact with education leaders and other Fellows from 17 state-based sites across the country, including cross-site, cross-organizational, and cross-role configurations; (b) meet with their respective delegations on Capitol Hill and other stakeholder groups that are relevant for their state’s needs/issues; (c) acquire a comprehensive understanding of federal policy processes and their impact on states; and (d) understand the core political, ideological, and policy considerations that shape the federal role in education, with a particular emphasis on the executive and legislative branches.*  

Alumni Events

California EPFP alumni have access to periodic events and other resources that keep them connected to policy discussions across the nation. 

Program Cost

Generous philanthropic support covers most of the California program costs, which include curriculum development, materials, honoraria and travel-related costs for speakers, and travel and accommodations for Fellows and program staff at weekend seminars. California EPFP Fellows only pay a program fee of $875, as well as any travel-related costs to attend the national policy seminar in Washington, DC. Full or partial scholarships to cover the program fee are available to Fellows whose employers are unable to pay. Our goal is that no deserving applicant be unable to participate due to financial limitations.

Scholarship Application

To be considered for a scholarship, please provide a statement from your supervisor describing the policy of your organization to pay for professional development, as well as any other relevant information. We will contact applicants who demonstrate financial need to discuss a scholarship. For more information about these costs, please contact

*Attendance at the Washington Policy Seminar is strongly encouraged, but not required.

The 2019-20 application period is now closed.

If you would like to be notified when the 2020-21 period opens, please contact Terra Thorne.



California EPFP 2019–20

Seminar 1: October 18-20, 2019, Kellogg West, Pomona

Seminar 2: February 7-9, 2020, Asilomar, Pacific Grove

Washington Policy Seminar (Optional): March 22-25, 2020, Washington, DC

Seminar 3: May 1-3, 2020, Granlibakken, Tahoe

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



Current Fellows