Building the skills, resources, and networks of tomorrow's education leaders.

What An intensive cross-sector professional training program in contemporary education issues, policymaking, leadership, strategy and more
When November through May yearly, including colloquiums, networking sessions, and the spring Washington, D.C., Policy Seminar
Cost Fellows’ employing organizations pay a small tuition of $2200 that covers local tuition and space requirements, as well as travel expenses to the Washington Policy Seminar. Limited scholarships are available — contact us to find out more.
Where Most local colloquiums take place at the offices of Jones Walker LLP, 201 Saint Charles Ave #5100, New Orleans, LA 70170; as this is a state-wide program, Fellows also engage in several field trips to the Louisiana Capitol and other policy centers around Louisiana.

Susan Kahn (EPFP Louisiana ’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."

About EPFP

Program Overview
The Education Policy Fellowship Program turns high-potential professionals into tomorrow’s education leaders.

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.
Speakers & Curriculum
EPFP Fellows are privileged to learn from a wide variety of guest speakers, including Maurice "Moon" Landrieu (Former Mayor, City of New Orleans); Jan Moller (Director, Louisiana State Budget Project); Paul Pastorek (Former Superintendent of Education, State of Louisiana); Dr. Andre Perry (Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University); Scott Richard (Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association); Dr. James Richardson (Director, Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University); and James Singleton (Chairman, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Former President, New Orleans City Council).

Colloquiums are held one Friday per month from 9am to 3pm at Jones Walker LLP, 201 Saint Charles Ave. #5200.
EPFP Colloquiums
  • Retreat: Setting the Stage
  • Colloquium I: Adaptive, Courageous Leadership
  • Colloquium II: Autonomy, Equity & Choice: Building Viable Governance Models
  • Colloquium III: Show Me The Money: Inside the Louisiana State Budget
  • Colloquium IV: From Cradle to the New Standards — ESSA and Beyond
  • Colloquium V: The Changing Face of Education Demography
  • Colloquium VI: The Future of the Education Profession
  • Colloquium VIII: High School / JumpStart / STEM: 21st-Century Learning
  • Washington Policy Seminar National Meeting
  • Colloquium IX: Leadership for Partnership and Public Advocacy
  • Project Presentation & Program Graduation
What Do I Need to Apply?
  • • A passion for education policy and a desire to improve opportunities for all Louisiana children
  • • A track record for making things happen both inside and across agencies/organizations
  • • A commitment to personal and professional development
  • • A full-time, professional position with substantive work experience
  • • A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • • The endorsement and financial support of your employing organization
EPFP Commitment
  • • Participate in 10 sessions over the nine-month period including a welcome reception / retreat, eight topic-based colloquiums, and graduation ceremony
  • • Attend a national forum focusing on policy
  • • Share your experience and knowledge with other Fellows through inquiry, discussions, and presentations
  • • Conduct independent study and research by reading materials in advance, preparing questions, and completing a self-designed project related to issues explored in the program
For Employers
  • • Access to a nationally-acclaimed professional program with a proven track record
  • • Better informed, more skillful employees who understand policy making and the interconnections of education with other sectors
  • • Employees who are prepared to assume greater leadership responsibilities
  • • Employees equipped to make dynamic, research-based contributions to education policy and practice
  • • Expanded professional networks that enhance the organization’s ability to access key leaders and decision makers who shape policy on behalf of children and youth

Cohort & Alumni

Coming soon!

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