Program Schedule

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2015-2016 Seminar Calendar

Session Locations

  • Opening Retreat:
    Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
  • Regional Leadership Forum:
    Gettysburg Battlefield and U.S. Army War College (Carlisle)
  • Monthly Seminars:
    Pennsylvania Association for School Administrators’ Headquarters, Harrisburg
  • IEL Washington Policy Seminar:
    Washington, DC
  • Day at the Capitol:
    Pennsylvania Department of Education/State Capitol
  • Graduation Luncheon:
    Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Date Seminar Topics
Opening Retreat, Part 1
Thursday, September 17, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Setting the Stage

  • Introduction to the EPFP
  • Changes in Society, Demography and Education
  • Politics, Elections, and Public Policy in Pennsylvania
  • Intersection of Local-State-Federal Policymaking
  • Overview: Key Education Policy Issues
Opening Retreat, Part 2
Friday, September 18
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Making Public Policy in Pennsylvania

  • Fundamentals of Education Policymaking
  • Policy Players and the Process
  • Roles of the State Board of Education and IRRC
  • Role of Research in Education Policy
  • Roles of School Districts and School Boards
Regional Leadership Forum,
Part 1
Thursday, October 8
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lessons in Leadership on the Gettysburg Battlefield

  • A joint activity with Fellows from D.C.,  Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Ohio
  • Guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield with focus on strategic decisions that directed the actions of the Union and Confederate armies
  • Visit to Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center and Museum
  • Travel to Carlisle, Multi-State Networking Reception, and Pennsylvania EPFP Dinner
Regional Leadership Forum,
Part 2
Friday, October 9
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lessons in Strategic Leadership from U.S. Army War College Faculty

  • A joint activity with Fellows from D.C., Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio
  • Leadership Lessons Learned from Gettysburg
  • Leadership and Managing Change
  • Strategic Thinking for Leaders
Session 1
Friday, October 23
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Leadership and Ethics

  • Definitions and Characteristics of Ethical Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership Challenges in Varied Organizations
  • Leaders as Change Agents in Public Education
Session 2
Friday, November 13
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ready for Success in College, Career, and Citizenship

  • Nurturing an Educated Citizenry and Educated Workforce
  • Early Education
  • Ready for Success – 21st Century Skills
  • The Arts, Museums, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning
Session 3
Friday, December 4
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A Changing Education Environment

  • Pennsylvania’s Changing Demographics
  • Adapting to the Needs of Our Diverse Student Population
  • Preparing, Supporting, and Evaluating Educators
  • Student Achievement: Academic Standards and Assessment
Session 4
Friday, January 15, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
School Choices

  • Vouchers, Charters, Home School, and Public School Choices
  • Technology and New Opportunities
  • Career and Technical Education
Session 5
Friday, February 5
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
P-12 Education Funding Issues

  • History and Fundamentals of P-12 Finance in Pennsylvania
  • Governor’s Proposed 2015-2016 Education Budget
  • Budget Challenges for School District Officials
  • State Budget and Revenues: Priorities and Options
Session 6
Friday, March 4
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Postsecondary Education Policy Issues

  • Governance and Funding of Higher Education
  • Postsecondary Education Access, Affordability, and Quality
  • Linking Education and Workforce Development Policy
Session 7
Thursday, March 31
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Leadership for Partnerships and Public Advocacy

  • Family, School, and Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration and Building Coalitions
  • Making an Impact with Elected Officials
National Meeting
April 13-16
IEL/EPLC Washington Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
Session 8
Friday, May 6
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Group Project Reports: Contributing to the Education Policy Agenda

  • Washington Policy Seminar Debrief
  • Groups Present Project Reports
Session 9
Tuesday, May 17
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day at the State Capitol

  • Briefings by Key Education Policy Staff
  • Visit Legislative Offices and Present Policy Project Briefings
Wednesday, June 8
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Graduation and Recognition of Fellows, Sponsors, and Alumni
Radisson Harrisburg Hotel

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