Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Public School Forum has led the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program since 1992, and it has continued to be the only statewide program of its kind that focuses on leadership and professional development in the context of education policy. Each new class continues the trend of high caliber participants and is rich in its members’ range of experiences, both professionally and personally. Fellows come from public schools, higher education, community colleges, state agencies, and a diverse array of education organizations across North Carolina. Each class includes a cohort of Fellows who focus on education policy issues and the wide range of factors that influence education in North Carolina. The program is designed for Fellows to learn about issues and perspectives in education that they don’t always encounter in their daily work so that they can be more informed, rounded contributors to the critical education debates that shape the quality and focus of schools. Fellows increase their awareness of how public policy is made, learn whom the key players are in the formation of this policy, and become more confident and involved in the policy-making process. Leadership development is a key focus of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

NC EPFP has graduated over 700 Fellows and has a rich network of alumni in North Carolina and nationally. North Carolina’s program is one of 15 EPFP programs nationally, administered through the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.. The North Carolina program is routinely held up as an example for its strong curriculum, growing network of Fellows, and influence in North Carolina.

The Public School Forum is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 NC EPFP Cohort!

EPFP Central
To apply for the 2017-18 NC EPFP Central Cohort, download the 2017-18 NC EPFP Central Application. EPFP Central Applications are due June 30, 2017. Tuition for EPFP Central is $2850 and is paid by the individual’s sponsor organization.

EPFP West
To apply for the 2017-18 NC EPFP West Cohort, download the 2017-18 NC EPFP West Application. EPFP West Applications are due June 30, 2017. EPFP West is made possible by a Gear Up Grant for the following counties: Graham, Clay, Swain, Burke, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, Alleghany, Rutherford, Madison and Yancey.

To view the tentative schedule for the 2017-18 EPFP cohort, click EPFP 2017-18 Schedule.

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