Applications for the 2023-24 PA Education Policy Fellowship Program are now available!

EPLC’s Education Policy Fellowship Program

  • Pennsylvania’s Premier Education Policy Leadership Program
  • For Education, Policy, Community, and Advocacy Leaders
  • 700+ graduates: 1999 to 2023
  • 2023-2024 Fellowship Program Begins in September
  • Tuition is $2149 for this year-long program
  • Act 45 credit available through Shippensburg University ($250 fee)
  • Visit Here to Register!

 Education Policy Fellows:

  • develop a broadened understanding of the public policy process and the various aspects of education policy;
  • enhance their communication, decision making, and public policy advocacy skills;
  • strengthen their capacity for leadership; and
  • expand their network of professional colleagues.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program

Calendar and Agenda

Session 1
Friday, September 15
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Introductions and Setting the Stage for Fellowship Program
Introductions to Program and Fellows
K-12 Governance: Intersection of Local-State-Federal Education Policy
Politics, Elections and Public Policy in Pennsylvania
Overview of Key Education Policy Issues
Session 2
Friday, September 29
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Making State Education Policy in Pennsylvania
“State of the Child” in Pennsylvania
Role of State Board of Education and IRRC
Role of School Directors and School Boards
Regional Leadership Forum – Part 1
Thursday, October 5
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(Joint activity with Fellows from MI, NY and OH)
Lessons in Leadership on the Gettysburg Battlefield led by Licensed Battlefield

Guided Tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield with Focus on Strategic Decisions that Directed the Actions of Union and Confederate Armies
Visit to Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center and MuseumT
ravel to Carlisle, Networking Reception, and PA Evening
Regional Leadership Forum – Part 2
Friday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.(Activity with other states)
Lessons in Strategic Leadership from U.S. Army War College Faculty
Leadership Lessons Learned from Gettysburg
Institutional Leadership and Managing Change
Developing Strategic Leaders
Session 3
Friday, October 13
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The Education Policy-Making Environment
Introduction to Policy Project and Identification of Project Teams
Policy Players, Media, and the Process
Role of Research in Education Policy
Session 4
Friday, October 27
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Leadership and Ethics
Characteristics of Ethical Leadership
Leadership for Diversity, Inclusiveness and Equity
PA Ethics Commission and Public Officials Ethics Law
Professional Standards and Practices Commission
Session 5
Friday, November 3
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
A Changing Education EnvironmentT
he Many Voices of “School Reform”
Meeting the Needs of Increasingly Diverse and Mobile Students
Trauma Informed Education – Implications for Policymakers & Educators
Session 6
Friday, November 17
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Conversations with School Leaders
State Policymakers
Superintendents, Principals, and Board Leaders
Session 7
Friday, December 1
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Ready for Success in College, Career and Citizenship
Assuring Access to Affordable and Quality Early Childhood Programs
Ready for Success – 21st Century Skills, Counseling and 339 Plans
Nurturing an Educated Citizenry and Educated Workforce
Session 8
Friday, December 15
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
STEM and Workforce Development Issues
Projecting Pennsylvania’s Workforce Needs
STEM and Career and Technical Education 
Session 9
Friday, January 5
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
School Choices, Technology & Remote Learning
Vouchers, Charters, Home School, and Public School Choices
Challenges for Pennsylvania’s Rural Districts
Session 10
Friday, January 19
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Recruiting, Preparing and Retaining Teachers
A Teacher Shortage – Developing a Teacher Pipeline
Supporting and Retaining New Teachers
Severe Shortage of Minority Teachers
Implications for Educator Preparation Programs
Session 11
Friday, February 2
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Postsecondary Education
Governance and Funding of Higher Education in Pennsylvania
Postsecondary Access, Affordability, and Quality
Higher Education Accountability and Accreditation
Session 12
Friday, February 16
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Community Schools, School and Community Partnerships
School and Community Partnerships to Support Students
School Partnerships with Art and Cultural Organizations
Session 13
Friday, March 1
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Promoting Civic Dialogue & Civil Discourse
Civic Dialogue/Civil Discourse Principles and Applications
Turning Difficult Conversations into Learning Opportunities
Understanding and Addressing Peoples’ Core Concerns
Session 14
Friday, March 15
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Building Partnerships and Public Advocacy
Collaboration and Building Coalitions
Effective Advocacy – Making an Impact with Public Officials
Session 15
Friday, April 5
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Pennsylvania Budget and Fiscal Issues
PA State Budget and Revenues
State Fiscal Forecast, Priorities, and Revenue Options
Day-in-Washington DC
April 16-17
6:00 p.m. on 4/16 to   4:00 p.m. on 4/17
Pennsylvania EPFP in Washington DC
Tuesday Evening Dinner with Guest Speaker
Wednesday Breakfast, Policy Briefings, and Lunch
Hill Visits Planned and Conducted by Fellows & PA Alumni
Optional Capitol Tour
Session 16
Friday, April 26
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
P-12 Education Finance Issues
History and Fundamentals of P-12 Finance in PA
Governor’s Proposed 2024-2025 State Education Budget
District Budget Process and Challenges for School District Officials
Session 17
Friday, May 3
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Team Policy Project Presentations – Contributing to the
Education Policy Agenda
Session 18
Friday, May 10
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Team Policy Project Presentations – Contributing to the
Education Policy Agenda
Day-in-the-Capitol in Harrisburg
Wednesday, May 22
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Day at the State Capitol
Morning Briefings by Key Education Policy Staff
PDE Programs and Services for Students, Educators, and Districts
Visits to Policymaker Offices – Present Project Briefings
Optional Tour of State Capitol
Graduation Luncheon
Wednesday, June 5
Noon to 2:30 p.m.(Harrisburg-area location TBD)
Graduation and Recognition of Fellows, Sponsors and 2022-2023
Guest Speakers

Graduation & Recognition
Presentation of Alumni Awards

As opportunities arise, one or more virtual sessions with special guests and/or other state sites may also be scheduled.

Fellowship Program coordinators are:

Amy Morton – Executive Director of The Education Policy and Leadership Center; System Design Specialist, National Center on Education and the Economy.  Former classroom teacher, intermediate unit executive director; and Executive Deputy Secretary of PA Department of Education  

Ron Cowell – Senior Fellow and Founder of EPLC;
Former Member of PA House of Representatives, Chair of House Education Committee, and Member of PA State Board of Education