Program Schedule

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2017-2018 Seminar Calendar

Session Locations

  • Opening Retreat:
    Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
  • Regional Leadership Forum:
    Gettysburg Battlefield and U.S. Army War College (Carlisle)
  • November Seminar:
    PA School Boards Association’s Headquarters, Mechanicsburg
  • All Other Monthly Seminars:
     PASA / PASBO 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, Day 1
Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Setting the Stage

  • Context for Education Issues: Changes, Trends, and Forecast
  • Politics, Elections, and Public Policy in Pennsylvania
  • Intersection of Local-State-Federal Education Policy
  • Overview of Key Pennsylvania Education Policy Issues
Opening Retreat, Day 2
Friday, September 15
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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 Policy
Regional Leadership Forum,
Part 1
Thursday, October 5
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 6
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 27
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 17
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A Changing Education Environment

  • Pennsylvania’s Changing Demographics
  • Adapting to the Needs of Our Diverse and Mobile Student Population
  • Student Achievement: Standards, Assessment, and Accountability
  • Recruiting, Preparing, Supporting, and Evaluating Educators
Session 3
Friday, December 8
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ready for Success in College, Career, and Citizenship

  • Nurturing an Educated Citizenry and Educated Workforce
  • Effects of Poverty on Students and Schools
  • Ready for Success – 21st Century Skills and 339 Plans
  • Career and Technical Education
  • The Arts, Museums, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning
Session 4
Friday, January 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
More Choices and Education Tools

  • Vouchers, Charters, Home School, and Public School Choices
  • Technology and New Opportunities
  • Early Education
  • A Different School Day/Different School Year
Session 5
Friday, February 9
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 6
Friday, March 2
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 2018-2019 Education Budget
  • Budget Challenges for School District Officials
  • State Budget and Revenues: Priorities and Options
National Meeting
March 18-21
IEL/EPLC Washington Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
Session 7
Thursday, April 12
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Leadership for Partnerships and Public Advocacy

  • Family, School, Community Partnerships, and Engaging Parents
  • Collaboration and Building Coalitions
  • Effecting Advocacy: Making an Impact with Elected Officials
Session 8
Friday, May 4
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 22
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 6
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Graduation and Recognition of Fellows, Sponsors, and Alumni
Radisson Harrisburg Hotel


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