Louisiana Education Policy Fellowship Program
Building the skills, resources, and networks of tomorrow's education leaders
"My Fellowship has equipped me with the tools to become a change agent in the education arena, and opened up important lines of communication at the local, state and national levels."
Dr. Lisa Green-Derry, EPFP Louisiana '16
"Effective policymaking requires effective relationships among those who create policies, so EPFP establishes a norm that crosses political lines and bureaucracies."
Ron Cowell, Pennsylvania EPFP Coordinator
Susan Kahn (LA EPFP '15-16): Onward and Upward
Susan joined the EPFP cohort in her last year of attaining a PhD in Educational Leadership and Research at the University of Louisiana. Shortly after graduation, she moved forward to act as the Education Program Manager at Pearson, an international publishing and assessment company that meets professional development and training needs across the world. "The EPFP experience has been nothing short of transformative," she says. "The space has afforded me the ability to deeply reflect and analyze my beliefs, strengthen my leadership skills, and develop deep insight into what's going on in Louisiana's schools. I strongly encourage my fellow education leaders to take part."
EPFP is Louisiana’s only professional development program for emerging policy leaders seeking to improve student outcomes. In 2015, Louisiana joined the ranks of 14 other states across the US in welcoming EPFP to our community.
Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining issues in education leadership and policy. The program benefits states, organizations, and individuals: Louisiana gains a strengthened talent pipeline of trained education policy professionals, employers gain new organizational expertise and networks, and participants become informed leaders within their workplace and community.
Curriculum & Guest Speakers
Colloquiums are held one Friday per month from 9am to 3pm at Jones Walker LLP, 201 Saint Charles Ave. #5200.
The EPFP Advisory Council serves as the steering committee and organizational board for EPFP. Representing a wide cross-section of organizations and civic roles, members:
- • Support the development of class components such as curriculum, activities and events
- • Help recruit and interview new Fellows
- • Build on private and public partnerships for the program
- • Connect Fellows with resources and networks that support, build and sustain their policy initiatives
Liberty Bank & Trust Co.
Dr. Bill Cody
Former Commissioner of Education, Louisiana & Kentucky
President and CEO, Council for a Better Louisiana
Dr. Doug Harris
Executive Director, Education Research Alliance for New Orleans
Dr. Andre Perry
The Hechinger Report
Director, One Voice Louisiana
John Warner Smith
President and CEO, Education's Next Horizon