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EPFP Sponsors

Since its inception in 1975, the Michigan EPFP has had more than 225 organizations sponsor fellows for the program. The sponsors include schools, colleges, universities, government agencies, private businesses, associations, foundations, museums and non-profit groups. Without the support of these organizations and their continued belief in the importance of the program, EPFP could not succeed. Each year, for the last ten years, approximately 75 percent of the people who sponsor EPFP fellows are former program participants themselves. Their willingness to provide funds and leadership development opportunities for others, is perhaps the best evidence of its true value.


Public and Private Schools

Allen Park Public Schools
Alma Public Schools
American Promise Schools - Detroit
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Archdiocese of Lansing
Bear Lake School District
Breckenridge Public Schools
Bendle Public Schools
Buchanan Public Schools
Buena Vista School District
CASMAN Academy - Manistee
Charlotte Public Schools
Chippewa Valley Schools
Comstock Public Schools 
Davison Community Schools
Dearborn Public Schools
Detroit Edison Public School Academy
Detroit Public Schools
East Lansing Public Schools
Eaton Rapids Public Schools
Farmington Public Schools
Fenton Area Public Schools
Flint Community Schools
Forest Area Public Schools
Fowler Public Schools
Genesee Catholic Board of Education
Goodrich Area Schools
Grand Ledge Public Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools
Hartland Consolidated Schools
Haslett Public Schools
Henry Ford Academy of Manufacturing Arts & Sciences
Highland Park Public Schools
Holt Public Schools
Inkster Public Schools
Jackson Public Schools
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kaleva Norman Dickson School District
King Academy - Inkster
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools
Lakeview Public Schools (St. Clair Shores)
Lakeview School District (Battle Creek)
Lansing School District
Lapeer Community Schools
Manistee Area Public Schools
Marlette Community Schools
Mason Public Schools
Michigan Virtual High School
Montrose Community Schools
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools

Mt. Clemens Community Schools
Muskegon Heights Public Schools
Northport Public Schools
Northview Public Schools (Grand Rapids)
Olivet Community Schools
Onaway Area Community Schools
Pennfield Schools
Plainwell Community Schools
Plymouth Educational Center - Detroit
Pontiac School District
Port Huron Area Schools
Reeths Puffer Public Schools
Saginaw School District
Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools
Starr Commonwealth Schools
St. Joseph Public Schools
Traverse City Area Schools
Utica Community Schools
Van Dyke Public Schools
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
Wayne-Westland Community Schools
Westwood Community Schools
Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Wyoming Public Schools
Yale Public Schools


Intermediate School Districts
Regional Service Agencies

Bay-Arenac ISD
Calhoun ISD
Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
Clinton County RESA
Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
Eaton ISD
Genesee ISD
Gratiot-Isabella RESD
Ingham ISD
Ionia County ISD
Kalamazoo RESA
Kent County ISD
Livingston ESA
Macomb ISD
Marquette-Alger RESA
Muskegon Area ISD
Oakland Schools
Saginaw ISD
St. Clair County ISD
Washtenaw ISD
Wayne County RESA
Wexford-Missaukee ISD

State and Federal Government

Governor's Office for Job Training
Michigan Center for Educational Performance & Information
Michigan Children's Trust Fund
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Michigan Department of Career Development
Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Michigan Department of Civil Service
Michigan Department of Commerce
Michigan Department of Community Health
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services
Michigan Department of Corrections
Michigan Department of Education
Michigan Department of Human Services
Michigan Department of Labor
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Michigan Department of Management and Budget
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Social Services
Michigan Department of State
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Department of Treasury
Michigan Family Independence Agency
Michigan Office of the Governor
Michigan House Fiscal Agency
Michigan Jobs Commission
Michigan State Police
Michigan State Senate
Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency
Michigan School for the Blind
Michigan School for the Deaf
Office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin (MI)
State Technical Institute and Rehabilitation Center
W.J. Maxey Training School

Colleges and Universities

Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
-College of Education
-Office of Charter Schools
-Office of the President
Ferris State University
-College of Education & Human Services
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Valley State University
-School of Social Work
Henry Ford Community College
Jackson Community College
Lansing Community College
Marygrove College
Michigan State University
-Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
-College of Education
- CREATe for STEM Institute
-Dean's Office
-Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education
-Department of Education Administration
-Department of Teacher Education
-The Education Policy Center at MSU
-Office of K-12 Outreach
-Office of the Hannah Chair
-Michigan Center for Career & Technical Education
-College of Natural Science
-Division of Science & Mathematics Education
-School of Criminal Justice
-Michigan Institute for Safe Schools &
-Institute for Public Policy & Social Research
-Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
-Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing & Technology
Michigan Virtual University
Oakland University
Olivet College
Saginaw Valley State University
Schoolcraft College
University of Michigan
-College of Education
-School of Nursing
University of Michigan--Dearborn
-College of Engineering & Computer Science
-School of Management
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Washtenaw Community College


Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of Community & Adult Education
Michigan Association of Public School Academies
Michigan Cooperative Extension Service
Michigan Education Association
Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association
Michigan Head Start Association
Michigan Institute for Educational Management
Michigan Nurses Association
Michigan Partnership for New Education
Michigan Public Health Institute
Michigan Association of Public School Academies
Michigan School Business Officials
Middle Cities Education Association
MSU Alumni Association
MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer-related
technology Users in Learning)
Presidents Council of State Universities
Regional Education Media Center Association of Michigan
Tri-County Alliance for Public Education


Business and Corporations

Cisco Systems
DaimlerChrysler Financial Services
Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
The Faverman Group, Inc.
Flint Business Roundtable
Ford Motor Company
Henry Ford Health System
Learning Designs, Inc.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Merit Network, Inc.
Multi-Media Classrooms, Inc.
New Detroit, Inc.
Program Works
Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
Saint Mary's Health Services (Grand Rapids)


American Youth Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation
Detroit Educational Television Foundation
High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation
DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
Ryder System Charitable Foundation
The Skillman Foundation

Museums and Arts Organizations

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village Michigan Very Special Arts Festival

Advocacy Organizations

Citizens Alliance to Uphold Special Education
Center for Educational Networking
Child & Family Resource Council - Kent County
Children's Law Center--Grand Rapids
The Efficacy Institute--Detroit
Great Lakes Center for Education Research & Practice
Healthy Homes = Healthy Kids
Leadbuster Program, Detroit Project
Michigan's Assistive Technology Resource

Michigan Economics for Human Development
Michigan League for Human Services
National Staff Development Council


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Michigan EPFP Coordinators


Daniel W. Schultz
Senior Program & Policy Advisor
Office of K-12 Outreach 
College of Education
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane Erickson Hall, Room 253
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Dan Schultz is Senior Policy and Program Advisor for the Office of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University.  He also serves as Director of the College of Education’s Fellowship for Enhancing Global Understanding China Program. He helped develop and has nurtured the successful partnership relationship with Southwest University in Chongqing, China and provides leadership and coordination for this unique faculty and doctoral student study abroad program. He has organized and led several MSU-sponsored study tours to the United Kingdom, Botswana and China and has extensive international experience.  His background includes executive leadership and policy roles in state government in Michigan, where he was Assistant State Superintendent and Director of Technology and Grants for the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan State Board of Education.  He has expertise in the design and successful implementation of innovative large-scale grant funded programs.  He holds academic degrees in economics and education administration, and for over 30 years has led the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program, a national and international policy and leadership development seminar for early and mid-career leaders.  He has also been an elected trustee on a community school district’s board of education. Dan is the recipient of the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award and the Michigan State University College of Education Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.



Brian Boggs, Ph.D. 
Outreach Specialist
Office of K-12 Outreach
College of Education
Michigan State University
Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane, Room 253
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Brian Boggs serves as outreach specialist in the Office of K–12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University. His area of expertise is policy development and analysis in the areas of school reform and holds a dual major Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from MSU. In addition, Brian holds a special certification in urban education from MSU and is a graduate of the Michigan Educational Policy Fellowship Program (2012-13). Brian has served as a high school English teacher and central office administrator. With a bachelor’s degree in English and history and his master’s degree in English language and literature, he has taught college rhetoric and critical writing courses at the University of Michigan – Flint. He has written extensively on the subject of organizational and instructional complexity. His research interests include organizational theory, policy making, sociology of education, experimental design, school improvement, and the history and politics of U.S. education. Brian has studied urban school education in U.K. He serves as an elected official in a local unit of government.


Former Michigan EPFP Coordinators

  • Dr. I. Carl Candoli, Founding Site Coordinator, 1975-78
  • Dr. Matthew Prophet, Founding Site Coordinator, 1975-81
  • Ms. Alissa K. Parks, 2001
  • Mr. Argelio Ben Perez  1978-2006
  • Ms. Yvonne Cammal Canul 2004-06
  • Ms. Mary Gager Anderson 2006-07
  • Dr. Jacquelyn J. Thompson 2000-2010
  • Dr. Vanessa Garry, 2012-13
  • Mr. Christopher B. Reimann, 2010-2015

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Michigan EPFP Program Format

The Michigan EPFP is designed around three major program strands - Public Policy Processes, Leadership and Skill Development, and Networking. Each of the monthly seminars and meetings are designed to address one or more of the program strands. The EPFP utilizes the delivery formats described below to examine the policy making process and the work of leaders. In addition, the EPFP participants use on-line communication tools to stay connected between the monthly seminars and to support their collaborative work.

Monthly Seminars

Through on-site seminars, workshops and experiential activities, the Fellows meet with government leaders, decision-makers, policy analysts, academic experts and noted authorities from a variety of policy arenas to explore questions about public policy formation. The seminars also provide a forum for discussing current and emerging policy issues. Another component of the EPFP is the use of individual and team development tools designed to assess and strengthen leadership styles and skills. The Fellows receive expert feedback and tips for further developing their skills. The information received at the monthly EPFP seminars is transferrable to the Fellow's work environments, with the goal of enhancing their professional endeavors.

Learning Teams

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.  Learning Team resources.

Michigan Policy Seminar

The annual EPFP Michigan Policy Seminar focuses specifically on some of the current and emerging policy issues that are being debated and discussed by members of the Michigan Legislature and other state government leaders. This "Day at the Capitol" also introduces the Fellows to some of the key players in the policy making process in Lansing. The Michigan Policy Seminar helps to prepare the Fellows for the Washington Policy Seminar and provides another important lens for viewing the Washington policy scene.

National Meetings

The EPFP Fellows participate in two national meetings during their Fellowship year that help to build diverse learning communities at each state site, and among Fellows across all national program sites. Attendance at both national meetings is required.

  • Leadership Forum - The Leadership Forum features experiential training activities, which provide Fellows with opportunities to learn about strategic leadership issues while learning from one of the country’s most important military struggles – the Battle of Gettysburg. In addition, on day two, Fellows will visit the U.S. Army War College and learn about concepts of strategic leadership.
  • Washington Policy Seminar - The Washington Policy Seminar is a sophisticated civics class that provides an up-close view of how things work in the nation's capital. Fellows gain insights into the people, processes, and institutions which shape national policy, and begin to understand how what happens at the national level intersects or collides with the policy systems and actions at the state and
    local levels.

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Three Main Strands of EPFP

Strand 1: Public Policy Processes, Issues and Key Practitioners

This strand maps out the policy process in Michigan and focuses on some key issues or policy initiatives that are being heavily debated at the time. Examples are school finance reform, the transition process from one governor to another, employment and economic expansion issues, and government downsizing. This strand is specific to Michigan and gives Fellows a strong sense of how these issues are addressed in the public arena, by the media and how they connect with other policy issues. This strand also connects Fellows with leading public policy figures who hold offices or positions which are critical to the policymaking process. Speakers include elected officials, agency heads and staff, leaders from special interest or advocacy groups, academics, and other education, public policy and corporate leaders. Through interactions with these practitioners, fellows gain insight into the strategies these individuals use to move their issues or agendas, and the leadership qualities necessary to advance organizations and individuals toward their vision.

Strand 2: Leadership and Skill Development

This strand focuses on the development of those specific skills which are necessary for exercising effective leadership in the 21st Century. The Michigan EPFP explores techniques and skills related to planning, directing, and evaluating programs and policies.  In addition, a priority has been placed on developing collaborative skills which have been identified as critical to success in today's policy environments. Fellows experience assessments to identify personal preferences and styles, simulations and experiential activities to examine how different styles and behaviors conflict with individual and organizational goals. Group discussions incorporate these skills into the Fellows work experience. The opportunity to involve nontraditional activities, such as social and cultural experiences in learning about conflict and methods of reducing problems in organizations, provide valuable lessons.

Strand 3: Networking

The EPFP offers exceptional opportunities for networking. Participants focus on making connections between current Fellows and their counterparts in one of the other 13 state sites. In addition, deliberate efforts are made to connect current Fellows with Michigan's alumni network. An annual Michigan alumni seminar or reception is held to help expand the Fellows circle of professional contacts. A national alumni network of over 5,600 extends this network to an impressive set of resources across the country. Through alumni activities and the two national conferences, attempts are made to initiate and sustain these connections. It is especially in this networking strand where social media is employed. Email, LinkedIn and Facebook are integral communication strategies of the Michigan program.

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EPFP Honored by the Michigan Legislature

During the annual Michigan Policy Seminar held at the State Capitol on May 13, 2015, Michigan EPFP was presented two Special Tributes from the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. These two Special Tributes recognize the Michigan EPFP and its program leaders for four decades of service in developing effective professional education policy leaders.

rep tribute2015  senate tribute2015 

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