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Education Policy Fellowship Program

EPFP Learning Team Sessions

March 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

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. 

Session A - Future of Detroit Schools,  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Purpose: This learning team session is designed to give fellows an overview of the current landscape of schools in Detroit, the impact of education in Detroit on the state as a whole, and possible future landscapes for education in Detroit in light of recent initiatives aimed at reforming the system. A panel discussion of major strands in the aforementioned three key areas will be followed by a question and answer session so fellows can capitalize on the expert knowledge of panelists as they form their own opinions about where Detroit schools may be headed. 


Session B - Early Childhood Inequalities and Opportunities,  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Purpose: Learning begins at birth. However, education is not compulsory until age six. The most critical years of the child's life have no guaranteed education component. The purpose of the session is to explore the various factors that contribute to the inequalities children experience in the first five years of life, as well as the current initiatives related to education that exist to mitigate these factors. Additionally, fellows will examine how early childhood practices impact the K-12 system, including ways in which these practices may be applied. Presenters will discuss policy implications.


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