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2001 EPFP Alumni Reception

June 4, 2001
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU
Rooms Red Cedar A & B

The 2001 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) Alumni Reception will provide an opportunity for you to connect with colleagues from your EPFP program year and to meet others who have participated in the EPFP during its 26 years in Michigan. We encourage you to bring a guest to the reception who may be a candidate for the 2001-02 program.

On July 1, 2001 Elizabeth L. "Betty" Hale will become the new President of the Institute for Educational Leadership. We are pleased that Betty will attend the 2001 Alumni Reception and invite you to join the Michigan EPFP alumni, and friends of the program in celebrating her appointment to this new leadership role. A brief program is planned. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

R.S.V.P. by May 29 to one of the Michigan EPFP Coordinators: Dan Schultz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
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EPFP Year End Wrap-up

June 4, 2001
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

Throughout the past year the Fellows have explored various aspects of the policy development process and gained insights about themselves in a leadership context. This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on these insights and the "lessons learned." This is the final seminar for the 2000-01 EPFP class and we will facilitate a year end wrap-up discussion and a formal program evaluation. The IEL Leadership Certificate will be awarded at the conclusion of the program.

Resource People:

Ms. Elizabeth L. Hale
Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc
Washington, DC

Fellows and Coordinators

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Change and Systemic Leadership

May 14, 2001
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

The presentation will focus on the use of systemic thinking when initiating change. Fellows will learn the essential elements of each of the Core Disciplines espoused by Peter Senge and how they can implement these elements as an “agent of change.” The discussion will start with a presentation from Charles Roe who is a Management Consultant and the President of the Midwest Society for Organizational Learning based in Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Roe will provide an overview of Systems Thinking and the Core Disciplines. Various group activities using a mixture of modalities will be employed to provide fellows with a multi-media experience when thinking about systemic leadership. The presentation will follow a theme and provide the information in a fun, easy to learn format. At the end of the presentation, Fellows will gain more knowledge about systems thinking and will possess tools that will assist them in considering the role of a leader in a system/organization.


Change and Systemic Leadership Learning Team Members
Tamara Bashore-Berg, George Fornero, Shari Miller, Alissa Parks, Kathi Pioszak, and Jackie Steed


  • Understand interdependency and change of systems
  • Learn how to change systems more effectively


  • Participants will gain an understanding of a systems thinking model.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to explore tips, tools, and strategies involving change.


  • Lecture burst
  • Small group work
  • Whole group discussion
  • Video clips
  • Carousel exercise

Resource Person:

Charles M. Roe
4313 Joy Road West
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 426-3947
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Chuck Roe is an experienced management consultant whose practice is based on extensive work with Business Management, Quality Systems, and Business Process Redesign in the Automotive, Electronics, Aerospace & Defense, Medical, and Education industries.  He uses accelerated change technologies and provides consulting, training, facilitating and coaching services on the leading & learning edge of business best practices.  In recent years, his work focus has been with transformational leadership for all management levels and teams in organizations.

Chuck is a charter-consulting member of the Society of Organizational Learning located in Cambridge, MA. and is President and founding member of the Midwest Society for Organizational Learning in Ann Arbor, MI. He was formerly the Vice President of Quality Systems at Philips Display Components Company, with headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI. Chuck is also recognized as being a judge for the Michigan Quality Award and an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Chuck is an instructor in Engineering Professional Development (EPD) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There he has developed a Systems Learning Model focused around the principles of Systems Thinking, Organizational Learning, and Leadership Development. He also has completed advanced work in Transformational Coaching from the Organizational Learning Center at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Cambridge, MA. Chuck holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. Degree in Engineering Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Most recent clients where his skills in accelerated change technologies and transformational leadership has leveraged sustainable business results include: Ford Motor Company, Visteon Automotive Systems, International Paper Company, Philips Electronics NV, the University of Michigan, Michigan Future, Inc., the Michigan Small Business Development Center, and Washtenaw Community College.

Chuck’s methods reinforce existing organizational and people competencies and improve them to a higher level of competency. Chuck uses a learning approach in his work. He encourages clients to share best practices, breakthroughs and insights and focus on collaborative thinking, innovation and speedy action. He uses a systems thinking perspective to think about issues, explore core principles, identify underlying structures, and leverage opportunities to optimize results. He is committed to both achievement and reflection so that new learning can translate into disciplined action, and actions in turn generate new learning for people and for their organizations.

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2000-2001 WPS

Leadership Matters:  The National Perspective







1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Mike Usdan, Betty Hale, and Hunter Moorman, IEL

1:15 p.m. –2:00 p.m.


Brenda Welburn, Executive Director, National Assoc. of State Boards of Education


2:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. –2:45 p.m.



2:45 – 3:45 p.m.



3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Judy Schneider, Senior Analyst, Congressional Research Service


5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.



7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Breakfast on Own

(Dirksen Senate Office Building suggested)


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Harold "Bud" Hodgkinson, Co-Director, IEL Center for Demographic Policy


10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


(including site dinners)


7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


A satirical political review


Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute


9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


(1) Technology and Public Policy Leadership

(2) ESEA/IDEA Collaboration

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.



11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.



1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


(1) State Leadership in Technology Policy

(2) Federal Education Reform Legislation

(3) Toward a National Children’s Policy?

Break and Travel to National Press Club

3:15 p.m. –4:45 p.m.


Stan Collender, Sr. VP, Fleishman-Hillard


4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Noon


Mark Gerzon, Campaign for Common Ground


Noon - 12:30 p.m.


Betty Hale and Hunter Moorman, IEL


12:30 p.m.



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Educational Technology 
in the 21st Century

April 16, 2001
Michigan Virtual University
University Corporate Research Park
3101 Technology Parkway,
Suite G Lansing, MI
12:00 pm-5:00 pm

This session will examine the impact of educational technology as it is effectively applied to teaching and learning in the 21st Century. The afternoon will utilize the resources of the Michigan Virtual University,  (MVU) including the expertise of the staff and the facilities of their unique Collaboratorium.


Technology Learning Team Members
MaryAlice Galloway, Nancy Wilkinson, Wageh Saad, Maurice Henderson and Ric Wiltse

Session A

This session will give Fellows the opportunity to learn from the MVU staff about their various programs in the areas of education, health care, and economic development.

Session A Resource Persons:

Jamey Fitzpatrick (EPFP 90-91)
Vice President for Development & Educational Policy
Michigan Virtual University
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Jamey Fitzpatrick joined the Michigan Virtual University in 1998 as vice president of development and education policy. He works with corporations, granting agencies and foundations to enhance MVU fund development to help advance workforce development through distributed learning. Most recently, Fitzpatrick garnered a $750,000 Ameritech grant to MVU to support the launch of the Virtual Information Technology College.

In addition to fund development, Fitzpatrick also works with schools, colleges, universities and policy leaders in forming Web-based learning strategies.

Both an education and technology specialist, Fitzpatrick has practical experience in promoting the use of technology in education. Previously the director of data and technology services for the Michigan Department of Education, Fitzpatrick was the lead architect of the state's 1998 technology plan, adopted unanimously by the State Board of Education. He also has served as director of technology and media services for the Saginaw Intermediate School District and as a marketing specialist for the Pitney Bowes Corporation.

In 1995, Fitzpatrick was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Information Network advisory board, which examined statewide connectivity for the state's entire education system. He now serves on the boards of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, and the Michigan Information Technology Network.

Fitzpatrick earned a bachelor's in business administration from Olivet College and participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Margaret Ropp
Director of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Services
Michigan Virtual University
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Margaret Merlyn Ropp is the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Services for the Michigan Virtual High School which is a new division of Michigan Virtual University. Before taking her position at MVHS, Dr. Ropp was an assistant professor of educational technology at the University of New Mexico. At UNM, Dr. Ropp worked with inservice and preservice teachers as they learned to integrate technology into the curriculum. Her research interests focus on the investigation and development of cognitive, social, and affective environments that support self-regulated learning through technology. Dr. Ropp was the major author and co-PI of a successful U.S Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology grant awarded to the University of New Mexico in 1999.

In 1997, Dr. Ropp earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology with a specialization in cognition and technology from Michigan State University. Before entering doctoral study, Dr. Ropp earned a BA in studio art and a Master's degree in museum studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and she taught K-12 art in the Louisville Public Schools in Nebraska.

Ms. Nancy Davis (EPFP 87-88)
Executive Director, Michigan Virtual High School
Michigan Virtual University
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Nancy M. Davis joined the Michigan Virtual High School as its founding Executive Director in January 2001. Previously she had served as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at the Calhoun Intermediate School District. She also served as the Director of the area's Regional Education Media Center. Her professional experience includes appointments as Assistant Principal at the East Lansing High School and Holt High School. Nancy also has experience working as a Coordinator of the Office of School Improvement, Consultant for the Office of Sex Equity, and Educational Specialist in the Compensatory Education Office, all with the Michigan Department of Education. Her teaching experiences include appointments at the high school level in the Midland and Mt. Pleasant Public School Districts. Nancy serves on the Board of the Michigan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and she is currently the Treasurer of the Board. She has served on a variety of statewide education advisory councils and is a member of several professional education administrator organizations.

Nancy Davis holds a BS in Secondary Education and a MA in Public Relations and Journalism from Central Michigan University, and a MA in Educational Systems Design from Michigan State University. She participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program in 1987-88.


Session B

Session B will be spent in a hands-on learning exploration of resources and topics of common interest to all Fellows related to educational technology.  Questions for discussion will be collected from the Fellows in advance of this meeting. Preliminary discussion questions to use in the Collaboratorium include:

  1. How does technology affect education policy in schools and other learning communities?
  2. What skills do 21st Century learners need to have to be successful?
  3. What will the workplace and learning centers look like twenty years from now?
  4. Does the digital divide exist, and if so, how can it be overcome?
  5. What inhibits the effective use of technology?
  6. What enables the effective use of technology?

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