2021-22 Program


To apply for the program, you will fill out our application form and attach:

  • A resume that lists your work and education experience and three references; 
  • A signed supervisor endorsement form and;
  • Short essay responses to the following two questions (maximum of one page per question, double-spaced, with 12-point font):
    • California EPFP brings together cohorts of education professionals to explore critical issues in public education, with a focus on creating more equitable opportunities and outcomes for students. Our program connects K-12 and higher education, and state policy development and implementation. What do you hope to achieve through your participation in CA EPFP? What interests you most with regard to our program?
    • Please describe one major policy issue that impacts equitable student success about which you are concerned or could use support. What would you change?

If you are requesting a scholarship to cover the program fee of $625, please also include a statement from your organization describing its professional development policies and the need for a scholarship. 

We are currently planning for a hybrid program next year, with virtual sessions in the fall and in-person sessions in the spring. Due to the Uncertainty of COVID-19, we have not yet finalized the structure or format of each session. If you are applying, please hold the following dates, and we will update you as soon as we know more. 

  • September 17, 2021 (virtual)
  • October 21-22, 2021 (virtual)
  • December 2-3, 2021 (virtual)
  • February 3-5, 2022 (Kellogg West, Pomona)
  • April 29 – May 1, 2022 (Granlibakken, Tahoe)

You are encouraged to apply if:

  • You have a long-term interest in developing and implementing policy that promotes equitable student success.
  • Your work record in K-12, higher education, and/or education policymaking demonstrates your strong leadership potential.
  • You want to expand your network in California and across the nation to accomplish your professional goals.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and a full-time professional position with applicable work experience.
  • You have the endorsement of your employing organization.

Program Cost

Financial support from the State of California and generous philanthropic grants cover most of the California program costs, which include curriculum development, materials, and travel/accommodations for participants and program staff at seminars. California EPFP Fellows typically pay a program fee of $875; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are lowering the fee to $625 for 2021-22.

Full or partial scholarships to cover the program fee are available to participants whose employers are unable to pay. Our goal is that no deserving applicant be unable to participate due to financial limitations. We will notify applicants of their scholarship amount upon acceptance into the program.

If there are any questions regarding the application process, please reach out to

The 2021-22 application is now closed.

California EPFP 2020–21

Spring Sessions

(9 am – 12 pm):

February 5

March 18, 19

March 22-24 (Washington Policy Seminar)

April 29-30

June 4

For more information, contact us at