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2013-2014 Seminar Calendar

Session Locations

  • Opening Retreat:
    Dixon University Center, Harrisburg
  • Regional Leadership Forum:
    Gettysburg Battlefield and U.S. Army War College (Carlisle)
  • Monthly Seminars:
    Dixon University Center, Harrisburg
  • IEL Washington Policy Seminar:
    Washington, DC
  • Day at the Capitol:
    Pennsylvania Department of Education/State Capitol
  • Graduation Luncheon:
    Harrisburg Hilton
Date Seminar Topics

Opening Retreat, Part 1

September 12, 2013
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
  • Overview: Key Education Policy Issues

Opening Retreat, Part 2

Friday, September 13
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Making Public Policy in Pennsylvania

  • Fundamentals of Education Policymaking
  • Intersection of Local-State-Federal Policymaking
  • The Policy Players and the Process
  • The Role of the State Board of Education and IRRC
  • The Role of Research and Data in Education Policy
Regional Leadership Forum, Part 1

Thursday, October 10
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Evening Reception and Pennsylvania EPFP Dinner

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, Reception, and Pennsylvania EPFP Dinner
Regional Leadership Forum, Part 2

Friday, October 11
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lessons in Strategic Leadership from the U.S. Army War College

  • 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 2

Friday, November 8
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Leadership and Ethics

  • Characteristics of Ethical Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership Challenges in Varied Organizations
Session 3

Friday, December 6
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ready for Success in College, Career, and Citizenship

  • Nurturing an Educated Citizenry and Educated Workforce
  • Ready for Success – 21st Century Skills
  • The Arts, Museums, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning
Session 4

Friday, January 10, 2014
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
  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Roles of School  Districts and School Boards
Session 5

Friday, February 7
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 2014-2015 Education Budget
  • Tough Decisions for Schools in Tough Budget Times
Session 6

Friday, February 28
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

School Choices

  • Vouchers, Charters, and Public School Choices
  • Technology and New Opportunities
Session 7

Friday, March 21
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Higher Education Policy Issues

  • Governance and Funding of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Quality and Accountability
  • Linking Education and Workforce Development Policy

Session 8

Friday, April 11
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 27-30

IEL/EPLC Washington Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

Session 9

Friday, May 16
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Group Project Reports: Contributing to the Education Policy Agenda

  • Washington Policy Seminar Debrief
  • Group Project Reports
Session 10

Tuesday, June 3
Noon – 4:30 p.m.

Day at the State Capitol

  • Briefings by Key Education Policy Staff
  • Visit Legislative Offices and Present Policy Project Briefings
  • Observe Legislative Meetings

Thursday, June 26

Graduation and Recognition of Fellows, Sponsors, and Alumni
Harrisburg Hilton Hotel

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