EPFP Bios: Elizabeth L. Hale
Elizabeth L. Hale
Elizabeth L. "Betty" Hale began her association with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) as a fellow in its flagship year-long leadership development activity, the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), in 1973-74. Eventually, she became the national director of EPFP in 1981 and the Vice President of IEL in 1987. She became President of IEL on July 1, 2001.
Prior to joining IEL, Betty Hale's various professional experiences included serving as an education budget analyst in the Governor's Office, State of Illinois, as director of training programs for Head Start in the regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and at the state level in West Virginia. She began her career as a public school teacher in Springfield, Ohio and taught with the Department of Defense Education Activity-including tours of duty in Japan, Ethiopia, Turkey and Italy. Ms. Hale's work has always focused on trying to create and implement initiatives that build bridges among the research, policy and practice worlds and connect policy and practice to leaders and their networks. Through her work with the Education Policy Fellowship Program and other ongoing IEL activities, she has stayed connected to a growing network of policy makers and practitioners across the country. She also is involved in the work of the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform, a partnership of three organizations: IEL, the Council for Basic Education and The George Washington University; with the U.S. Department of Education and its efforts to create a national network of school-based leaders to advise the Department on policy and program issues, and with the Appalachia Educational Laboratory, the regional laboratory serving Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, and its efforts to develop individuals external to schools who can help schools engage successfully in comprehensive school reform.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Betty Hale holds graduate degrees from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.) and John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A.). She has served as a member and as president of the School of Education's elected Alumni Council. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Gryphon House, Inc., an early childhood publishing company, and serves on the Stakeholder Committee of the Laboratory for Student Success, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory; the Board of Overseers of the National Youth Employment Coalition's New Leaders Academy; and the College of Education's Dean's Council at the University of Kentucky.