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Education Policy Fellowship Program

EPFP Learning Team Sessions

Each of the Michigan EPFP Fellows participates on a learning team that is created around their learning priorities and objectives. The learning teams are comprised of 4-6 members and they attempt to represent the diversity of the program's participants. The learning teams work as cross boundary groups to explore topics of mutual interest. Each learning team is responsible for developing one of the seminar presentations during the program year. The learning teams use multiple presentation formats, resources and learning styles to address the topic or theme selected by the group's members. Participation on a learning team provides enhanced networking opportunities and the development of collaborative skills. 


March 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

Session A - Early Childhood:  How and Why it has Become a Hot Policy Topic 9am - 12pm

Purpose: Through this session, participants will recognize the increased focus Early Childhood Education is receiving in terms of policy and investment of resources. An understanding will also be developed of the multiplicity of factors and the many voices that have influenced this increased visibility. The session will include presentations from, and discussions with, a series of panelists speaking on considerations at national, state, and local levels.  The information presented will assist participants in examining how the increased visibility of Early Childhood Education has led to increased scrutiny and the field’s response to that scrutiny. Additionally, these discussions will examine opportunities and barriers impacting the field of Early Childhood Education and its ability to achieve the greatest potential for children and families. Finally, participants will gain an appreciation for the far-reaching impact policy decisions regarding Early Childhood Education have not only for children and families, but for society as a whole. 



Session B - State Assessment Systems, 1pm - 5pm 

Purpose: We will take a look at the impact and changes in state assessment practices, historically, and as we are evolving toward on-line opportunities for assessment.  


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