Program Schedule

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Pennsylvania EPFP 2019-2020 Calendar and Agenda

Session Locations

  • Opening Retreat:
    Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
  • Regional Leadership Forum:
    Gettysburg Battlefield and U.S. Army War College (Carlisle)
  • Monthly Seminars:
    PASBO/PASA Headquarters, Harrisburg
  • Day at the Capitol:
    PA Department of Education/State Capitol
DateSeminar Topics
Opening Retreat
Day 1

Thursday, September 19
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Introductions and Setting the Stage for EPFP

  • The “State of Education” in Pennsylvania
  • Context for Education Issues: Changes, Trends, and Forecast
  • Intersection of Local-State-Federal Education Policy
  • Politics, Elections, and Public Policy in Pennsylvania
  • Overview of Key Pennsylvania Education Policy Issues
Opening Retreat
Day 2

Friday, September 20
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Making Public Policy in Pennsylvania

  • Fundamentals of Education Policymaking
  • Policy Players, Media, and the Process
  • Roles of the State Board of Education and IRRC
  • Roles of School Districts and School Boards
  • Role of Research in Education
Regional Leadership Forum,
Part 1

Thursday, October 10
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
(Joint Activity with Fellows from D.C., MI, NY, and OH)
Lessons in Leadership on the Gettysburg 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 Museum
  • Travel to Carlisle, Networking Reception, and PA EPFP Dinner
Regional Leadership Forum,
Part 2

Friday, October 11
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
(Activity with Other States)
Lessons in Strategic Leadership from U.S. Army War College Faculty

  • Leadership Lessons Learned from Gettysburg
  • Leadership and Managing Change
  • Strategic Thinking for Leaders
Session 1
Friday, October 25
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Leadership and Ethics

  • Definitions and Characteristics of Ethical Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership Challenges in Various Organizations
  • Leaders as Change Agents in Public Education
  • Leadership for Diversity and Equity
Session 2
Friday, November 15
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
A Changing Education Environment

  • Needs of An Increasingly Diverse and Mobile Student Population
  • Equity and Poverty—Implications for Policymakers & Educators
  • ESSA and Standards, Assessment, and Accountability
  • Recruiting, Preparing, Supporting, and Evaluating Educators
Session 3
Friday, December 6
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Ready for Success in College, Career, and Citizenship

  • Nurturing an Educated Citizenry and Educated Workforce
  • Ready for Success—21st Century Skills, Counseling, and 339 Plans
  • Early Education
  • STEM and Career and Technical Education
Session 4
Friday, January 17
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
School Choices, Technology, and Arts and Culture

  • Vouchers, Charters, Home School, and Public School Choices
  • Using Technology to Support Educational Choices and Equity
  • The Arts, Museums, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning
Session 5
Thursday, February 6
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Building Partnerships and Public Advocacy

  • Family, School, Community Partnerships, and Parent Engagement
  • Collaboration and Building Coalitions
  • Effective Advocacy – Making an Impact with Public Officials
Session 6
Friday, February 28
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
P-12 Education Finance Issues

  • History and Fundamentals of P-12 Finance in Pennsylvania
  • Governor’s Proposed 2020-2021 State Education Budget
  • Budget Process and Challenges for School District Officials
  • PA State Budget and Revenues: Forecast, Priorities, and Options
National EPFP Meeting
March 22-25 (Noon to Noon)
Washington Policy Seminar
Washington, DC—Marriott Wardman Hotel & U.S. Capitol
Session 7
Friday, April 17
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Postsecondary Education Policy Issues

  • Governance and Funding of Higher Education
  • Postsecondary Education Access, Affordability, and Quality
  • Linking Education and Workforce Development Policy
Session 8
Friday, May 8
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Group Project Reports: Contributing to the Education Policy Agenda

  • Washington Policy Seminar Debrief
  • Teams Present Project Reports
Session 9
Tuesday, May 19
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Day at the State Capitol

  • Morning Briefings by Key Education Policy Staff
  • Visits to Legislative Offices – Present Project Briefings
  • Optional Tour of State Capitol
Graduation Luncheon
Noon – Wednesday, June 10
Graduation and Recognition of Fellows and Sponsors
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg


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