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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Advocacy in Policy Making: Strategies for Becoming Effective Advocates

January 5, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to examine the role of advocacy organizations and the strategies used by these organizations to impact the policy making process. The Fellows will have an opportunity to reflect on the work of various organizations that serve as advocates at the local, state and national levels. This discussion is designed to encourage and support the development of the 2008-09 EPFP Learning Teams.



12:00 Noon - Lunch

1:00 PM - Debrief the 2008 Leadership Forum - Fellows & Coordinators

1:45 PM - Break

2:00 PM - Advocacy in Policy Making: Strategies for Becoming Effective Advocates

4:00 PM - Continuation of EPFP Learning Team Development Activities

5:00 PM - Adjourn

Resource Person

Michele Robotham Corey (EPFP 1993-94)
Director of Community Advocacy, Michigan's Children
428 W. Lenawee St.
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 485-3500
corey.michele [at]

Michele Corey is the Director of Community Advocacy at Michigan's Children, a statewide nonprofit and child advocacy organization that works with lawmakers, business leaders and communities to make Michigan a place where all children have the opportunity to thrive. Michele provides intensive technical assistance and support to local community groups by developing local data, creating special reports, conducting training on advocacy skills and assisting with community forums and special events. She has created numerous opportunities for local advocates to become better informed about children’s issues and communicate effectively with local and state level policy makers. Most recently, she has been working with the C.S. Mott Foundation on a statewide initiative intended to build a system in Michigan that encourages more high school graduation through dropout prevention and recovery efforts. This work concentrates on producing multiple pathways to graduation by growing better data about students and the systems that serve them, providing better educational options for young people, and building public support for policy and practice that sustain those options.

Resource Materials

2008 Leadership Forum Agenda Booklet and Notes
Frameworks Institute
Advocacy Powerpoint

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