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Education Policy Fellowship Program

EPFP Learning Team Sessions

May 9, 2016
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. This year, several of the EPFP learning teams have been inspired by the State Superintendent's charge to make Michigan a top 10 state in 10 years.

Session A - Purposes of Education


The purpose of this session is to answer the following question: What services, resources, programs, and opportunities need to be present in an educational institution in order to support the ability of a child to thrive in life long-term? To answer this question, this workshop will provide an overview of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and provide suggestions for school communities to serve students. The presentation will be organized around Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems theory to describe the dynamic influences on a child's social emotional development in the context of school and the implications for current and future policy, toward an ideal wholistic system of support.


Session B - The Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community: Social Systems of Support


The purpose of education may seem straightforward, however an exploration of Michigan's educational history related to policy reveals shifts in who is being educated and why. Today's session will examine Michigan's historical education timeline of policies, school structures, and local decision making. Once a historical foundation has been established, this will be contrasted with present day perspectives. Present day perspectives will be presented through a panel of guests with various educational backgrounds and experiences.