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Michigan Virtual University Leadership & Policy Seminar

offered in cooperation with the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program
and the Detroit Regional Chamber

 
In early 1999, the Michigan Virtual University (MVU) announced a seven-week, leadership and policy seminar designed to expand analytical and communication skills while introducing business and community leaders to the advantages of on-line learning technologies.

With the rapid growth of the Internet and expanded access to on-line services, the use of telecommunications technology has emerged as a skill required of leaders. The Internet has also opened new opportunities to develop communities of learners and enhance policy discourse.
 
Purpose | Eligibility | Technology Expectations | Cost | Application Process | Acknowledgements
 
Purpose
 
The MVU Leadership and Policy Seminar was designed to engage participants in a highly interactive professional development experience. This experience occurred between April 13 - June 6, 1999, and was cosponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program. Participants examined two key policy issues of importance to Southeast Michigan and took part in a capstone presentation at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Policy Conference held on Mackinac Island June 3 - 6, 1999.
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Eligibility
 
The Seminar was limited to 14 participants selected from a group of Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program alumni -- professionals in policy-level positions at colleges and universities, local and state government agencies, school districts, non-profit organizations and corporations:

The participants:
  • Attended an orientation program.
  • Explored a specific set of policy topics.
  • Actively participated in a series of policy discussions.
  • Worked on a virtual team.
  • Evaluated a set of technology tools and applications.
  • Engaged in policy conversations with key legislative, business and government leaders.
  • Attended the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Policy Conference from June 3 - 6, 1999, on Mackinac Island.
  • Evaluated the seminar experience.
  • Earned a certificate upon completion from the Michigan Virtual University.
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Technology Expectations
 
The Leadership and Policy Seminar used a variety of technology tools, where appropriate, for instruction, management and communication. Participants were required to have:
  • an interest in experiencing new technology tools and applications,
  • an Internet e-mail account,
  • access to the Internet on a daily basis, and
  • Web navigation skills.
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Cost
 
The Michigan Virtual University underwrote all tuition costs associated with the April - June seminar, including registration, travel and lodging expenses for the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
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Application Process
 
Applications were submitted electronically during March, 1999. A sample application is available online at: application.html. Participants were selected by the seminar faculty in consultation with MVU officials.
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Acknowledgements
 
  • Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program (MI EPFP) would like to thank Dr. David Spencer, President and CEO of the Michigan Virtual University, and Mr. Jamey Fitzpatrick, Vice-President for Development and Education Policy at the Michigan Virtual University.  Their active support, sponsorship, and participation was instrumental in the success of the Leadership & Policy Seminar.  
  • Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program (MI EPFP) gratefully acknowledges the initial Web page development, design and hosting provided by the Office of the Virtual University at Michigan State University.  Earlier iterations of these pages were made possible through the support of Dr. Paul Hunt and Ms. Loraine Hudson (MI EPFP Alumni 1995-96).  
  • Dan Schultz and Ben Perez wish to express their appreciation to Dr. Tim Quinn, President of Quinn & Associates, for his support and encouragement.
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Michigan Teacher of the Year Program


In 1999 the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) began sponsoring the Michigan Teacher of the Year in the Michigan EPFP as part of the annual teacher-in-residence experience. This MDE & EPFP partnership has proven to be a very positive addition for both the Michigan Teacher of the Year Program and the EPFP.

Michigan Teacher of the Year Participants:

1999-2000 Ms. Margaret Holtschlag, Haslett Public Schools
2000-2001 Ms. Joan Garretson, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
2001-2002 Mr. James Linsell, Traverse City Area Public Schools
2002-2003 Ms. Susan Gutierrez, Forest Hill Public Schools
2003-2004 Mr. William Cecil, Waverly Public Schools
2004-2005 Ms. Heidi Capraro, Northville Public Schools
2005-2006 Mr. Daniel Schab, Williamston Community Schools
2006-2007 Ms. Kimberly Kyff, Detroit Public Schools
   
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Ms. Kimberly Kyff, Detroit Public Schools
Michigan Teacher of the Year 2006-07

Permission provided by the Michigan State Board of Education.


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The Michigan EPFP Photo Gallery

 

The Institute for Educational Leadership publishes an annual directory which includes a state-by-state listing of the members of the national EPFP network. From 1975 to 1983, the EPFP directory or "yearbook" featured individual participant photos. The EPFP began publishing group photos in 1983-84 and the Michigan gallery is presented below. Note that some participants were absent when the annual group photo was taken. For a list of participants by year, please refer to the EPFP Alumni List.

 

 

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Washington Policy Seminar - Michigan Congressional Delegation Members

Michigan EPFP Fellows attend the annual Washington Policy Seminar each Spring.  During this seminar, Fellows have the opportunity to spend a day on Capitol Hill learning about Federal policy-making and meeting with Congressional leaders, representatives of the State of Michigan Office in Washington, D.C., key legislative staff members, and national organizations based in the nation's capital.

In addition to meeting with the various groups described above, Michigan EPFP Fellows have also had the chance to meet with and discuss national policy issues with representatives of the Michigan Congressional Delegation.  Below is a list of elected officials who have generously arranged their schedules to meet with the Michigan EPFP Fellows.

First Name Last Name Title Year
Hon. Mike Bishop U.S. Congressman 2015
Hon. Bob Carr U.S. Congressman 1981-83
Hon. Vernon Ehlers U.S. Congressman 2006, 2007, 2009-10
Hon. William Ford U.S. Congressman 1983-85
Hon. Peter Hoekstra U.S. Congressman 2000-03, 2007, 2009-10
Hon. Bill Huizenga U.S. Congressman 2012-14
Hon. Dale Kildee U.S. Congressman 2006, 2007, 2009-12
Hon. Dan Kildee U.S. Congressman 2013-15
Hon. John Moolenaar U.S. Congressman 2015
Hon. Lynn Rivers U.S. Congresswoman 2000-02
Hon. Mike Rogers U.S. Congressman 2011, 2013-14
Hon. Joe Schwarz U.S. Congressman 2005-06
Hon. Debbie Stabenow U.S. Congresswoman 2000
Hon. Fred Upton U.S. Congressman 1994-95
Hon. Tim Walberg U.S. Congressman 2011-13
Hon. Howard Wolpe U.S. Congressman 1985-89
Hon. Carl Levin U.S. Senator 1990, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2009-14
Hon. Gary Peters U.S. Senator 2015
Hon. Don Reigle U.S. Senator 1987
Hon. Debbie Stabenow U.S. Senator 2008

Michigan Policy Seminar Speakers

Since 1995, the Michigan EPFP has scheduled an annual "Day at the Capitol" for the Michigan Fellows.  Fellows have the opportunity to meet with key elected officials and policy advisors from Michigan State government.  This seminar serves as an important part of the Fellow's preparation for the Washington Policy Seminar, held annually in the Spring.

The Michigan EPFP is indebted to each of these individuals for sharing their expertise and helping program participants better understand the public policy process in Michigan.

First Name Last Name EPFP Alum Title Organization Seminar Topic Year
Ms. Louise Alderson   Director of Legislative Affairs Governor's Office Governor's Legislative Priorities 1997-98
Mr. John Arundel   House Administrator, Office of the Speaker Michigan House of Representatives Republican Legislative Agenda 1998-98
Mr. Loren Bennett   State Senator Michigan Senate Senate Education Initiatives 2000-01
Mr. Brad Biladeau   Associate Executive Michigan Association of School Administrators   2008-10; 2013-14
Ms. Anne Blankenhorn   K-12 Education Policy Advisor Michigan Sentate   2010-11; 2014
Dr. Michael Boulus 1976-77 Executive Director Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan Current Issues in Higher Education 2002-03
Executive Director Middle Cities Education Association Moderator 1997-00
Mr. Terry Brown   State Representative, Chair, House Education Appropriations Michigan House of Representatives   2008-09;2011
Ms. Diane Byrum   State Senator; Minority Vice Chair, Senate Government Operations Committee Michigan Senate Election Reform Proposals 2001-02

Ms. Sue C.

Carnell 1999-2000 Education Policy Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm Governor’s Office The Governor’s Education Agenda 2003-04
Ms. Nancy Cassis   State Representative; Chair, House Taxation Committee Michigan House of Representatives Tax Policy in Michigan 1998-00
Ms. Cheryl Chapko 1996-97 Chief of Staff Office of State Senator Harry Gast Role of Legislative Staff 1997-98
Ms. Irma Clark-Coleman   State Senator, Minority Member, of the Senate Appropriations Committee Michigan Senate Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda  
Ms. Stephanie Comai-Page   Deputy Director, State Government Affairs Governor's Office Federal Block Grant Issues 1995-96

Ms. Nancy W.

Duncan   Deputy State Budget Director Department of Management and Budget Understanding the State Budget Process 2003-05
Mr. Paul Gieleghem   State Representative; Minority Vice Chair House Education Committee House Democratic Caucus Agenda 2002-03
Mr. John Gleason   State Senator; Minority Member  Senate Education Committee Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda 2006-07
Ms. Nancy Green   Senate Democratic Policy Director     2013-14
Ms. Pan Godchaux   State Representative Michigan House of Representatives   2000-01
Mr. Mike Hanley   State Representative; House Minority Leader Michigan House of Representatives Democrat's Legislative Agenda 1998-00
Ms. Lisa Hansknecht   State and Federal Legislative Director Michigan Department of Education   2008-10
Ms. Niya Hardin   Education Policy Advisor Governor's Office   2009-10
Mr. Hoon-Yung Hopgood   State Senator; Minority Vice Chair, Senate Education Committee Michigan Senate   2012-14
Ms. Joan Hunault   Legislative Analyst House Fiscal Agency   2012-14
Ms. Robbie Jameson   Director, Office of Education and Infrastructure Office of the State Budget, Derpartment of Management and Budget How the Budget Impacts Policy Priorities and Goals 2006-07; 2010-11
Mr. Scott Jenkins   Governor's Education Advisor Governor's Office The Governor's Education Agenda 1999-02
Mr. Robert Kefgen   Associate Director of Government Relations Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals   2013-14
Mr. Alan Kennedy   Chief of Staff, House Democratic Caucus Michigan House of Representatives House Democratic Agenda 2001-02
Mr. Wayne Kuipers   State Senator; Chair, Senate Education Committee Michigan Senate Senate Republican Caucus Agenda 2002-010
State Representative; Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Education Agenda 2000-02
Mr. Dan

 

Loepp

 

 

Lobbyist Karoub & Associates Balance of Power & Term Limits 1999-00
Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker of the House Michigan House of Representatives Impact of Term Limits 1997-98
Mr. Brett Marr   Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs Division Governor's Office Governor's Legislative Agenda 2000-01
Ms. Kate McAullife 1980-81 Assistant Superintendent Michigan Department of Education Moderator 2000-01
Mr. Tim Melton   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Democrate Caucus Agenda 2006-10
Mr. John Moolenaar   State Representative, Minority Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Republican Caucus Agenda 2006-07
Mr. Mark Murray   State Treasurer & Special Advisor to the Governor State of Michigan Economic Outlook 1998-99

Mr. Brian

Palmer   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Republican Caucus Agenda 2003-05

Ms. Lisa

Posthumus Lyons   State Representative, Chair, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives   2013-14
Mr. Kirk Profit   State Representative; Chair, House Taxation Committee Michigan House of Representatives Tax Policy in Michigan 1997-98
Mr. Al Pscholka   State Representative Michigan House of Representatives   2010-11
Dr. Douglas B. Roberts   State Treasurer State of Michigan Economic Outlook 1997-98
Mr. William Rogers   State Representative; Chair, House Education Appropriations Subcommittee Michigan House of Representatives   2010-11; 14
Dr. Joe Schwarz   State Senator; Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Michigan Senate Higher Education Policy 1999-00
Ms. Martha Scott   State Senator; Member, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid Michigan Senate Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda 2002-03
Mr. David

 

 

Seitz   Deputy Director & Policy Development Coordinator House Republican Policy Office House Republication Caucus Agenda 2002-03
Ms. Mary Kay Shields 1986-87 Special Advisor for Charter Schools Governor's Office Public School Academies 1995-96
Mr. Sam Singh   State Representative, House Appropriations Committee Michigan House of Representatives   2012-13
Ms. Alma Wheeler Smith   State Senator Michigan Senate Election 2002 2000-01

Mr. Douglas

Spade   State Representative, House Education Committee Michigan House of Representatives House Democratic Caucus Agenda 2003-04
Mr. Leon Stille   State Senator; Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education & School Aid Michigan Senate Education Reform & Funding 2001-02
Mr. Dave Stafford   Lobbyist Michigan Education Association   2012-14

Mr. John G.

Strand   Legislative Council Administrator Michigan Legislature Legislative Council Agencies & Roles 2003-04

Ms. Kathryn

Summers   Chief Analyst Senate Fiscal Agency   2006-07; 2011; 2013-14
Sen.  Michael Switalski   State Senator Member, Senate Appropriations Committee Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda 2004-05
Mr. Craig Thiel 2000-01 Fiscal Analyst Senate Fiscal Agency Role of Fiscal Agency 2004-05
Mr. Christopher Thomas   Director of Elections Michigan Department of State Campaign Finance Reform 1995-96
Dr. Donald Weatherspoon 1973-74 Assistant Superintendent Michigan Department of Education Moderator 2001-02
Ms. Gretchen Whitmer   State Senator; Minority Leader Michigan Senate   2013-14
Ms. Bethany Wicksall   Associate Director House Fiscal Agency   2008-10
Mr. Chuck Wilbur 2001-02 Deputy, Policy & Planning Governor's Office Governor's Policy Initiatives 2004-09
Mr. Don Wotruba 1998-99 Director of Legislative Affairs Michigan Association of School Boards Policy Issues Facing K-12 Schools 2002-03; 2011; 2013
Ms. Nancy Green   State Senator; Assistant Minority Caucus Chair Michigan Senate   2013-14