Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program 2019-2020

EPFP overview

The Mississippi EPFP Program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cohort.

 Mississippi EPFP is a state chapter of the nationally recognized EPFP program of the Institute for Education Leadership that engages a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy.

At a time when there are so many different viewpoints about what it takes to educate our children, experiences like EPFP are more important than ever. EPFP enables Fellows to broaden their understanding of education equity issues through cross-sector and cross-system learning. EPFP Alumni are former U.S. Cabinet members, state chiefs, teachers and administrators of the year, deans and presidents of higher education institutions, and business and nonprofit leaders. Evidence from national assessments confirms that EPFP Fellows are informed and skilled leaders, and a part of a network that provides longterm benefits to their career. The Fellows’ employers benefit by having better informed, more skillful staff who understand policymaking, are prepared to assume greater leadership responsibilities, and are equipped to make dynamic, results-based contributions to education policy and practice. We know that there is a great need for spaces where people in different roles, in different organizations, and of different persuasions can explore challenging education issues together. We also know that individuals “in the trenches” need opportunities to develop their leadership capacities. EPFP is the vehicle to meet that need.

We seek a diverse cohort of fellows with representation from P-12 and higher education and non-profit and community groups. MS EPFP Fellows meet in Jackson one day per month, Sept-May and travel to a four-day policy seminar in Washington DC in March. Learning experiences include speakers, panels, projects, readings, and a wide variety of engaging activities.  Program Coordinator, Devon Brenner (EPFP ’04-’05), is an MSU education professor and former Education Fellow for Senator Thad Cochran.

Program fees of $2250 cover the cost of all program activities and some meals, including registration for the Washington Policy Seminar. Additional travel funds for travel to Washington DC are required. Most MS EPFP Fellows are sponsored by their employer or agency, though some may be self-funded.

Individuals interested in the MS EPFP program can learn more and apply at  https://epfp.iel.org/page/MS or email the coordinator at ms.epfp@gmail.com.  Review of applications will begin June 15, 2019

2018-2019 Fellows describe MS EPFP:

You will learn the most productive avenue to effect change in the area of education that is most important to you. —Melissa Luckett, Instructional Design Specialist

I am grateful for this opportunity that I believe has better equipped me to serve students, teachers, and my community.—Mary Alex Thigpen, Educator

EPFP was extremely beneficial to me as a community leader. I learned valuable advocacy strategies, relationship building, and grass roots efforts that I will utilize in my practice for years to come! —Kimberly Alford, Director of Instruction

When I applied for the Education Policy Fellowship Program, I looked forward to learning more about the process of advocacy, especially for my students and colleagues. What I did not expect was the community building of educators and supporters of public education.—Leslie Hebert, Teacher and Instructional Coach

One of the most powerful and rewarding experiences an educator can have. This program connects all areas of p-16 and external agencies.—Ellen Shelton, University of Mississippi   

Policy formation is arduous and tedious but necessary for shaping an equitable future for all students in public education. –Joseph Stone, Jr., Principal    

This shows what can happen when people unite to make a difference.—Sophia S. L. Marshall Chapman, Teacher Academy Coach

My experience in the EPFP cohort gave me greater insight into the policy making and implementation process than I had. I feel more equipped and ready to actively engage in the policy making process than ever before.—Clint Stroupe, Director of Technology

Devon Brenner
Coordinator, Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program
Office of Research and Economic Development
Mississippi State University