This year's EPFP Seminar keynote speaker will be Nancy Taylor, Senior Policy Officer with the KnowledgeWorks Foundation. The KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Institute for the Future have developed an innovative “2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education” that is being used as a strategic planning tool by educators and policy makers across the U.S. Nancy Taylor will help us help understand the complexity of the Map and facilitate a discussion on how it can be applied to the work of K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, state government agencies and nonprofit organizations. All Alumni Seminar attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the “2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education.”
In June 2007 the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) will be publishing “A Primer on Public Policy” authored by former Mayor of Lansing and former State Representative David C. Hollister. The "Primer" will compile his keen insights into the policy making process and his recipe for social change. Now serving as President and CEO of the Prima Civitas Foundation, David Hollister has been a key policy expert and resource for the Michigan EPFP over the past 25 years. His message continues to influence and impact the thinking of each EPFP class. David Hollister will join us to discuss this important milestone and all Alumni Seminar attendees will receive a complimentary copy of “A Primer on Public Policy.”
Dr. Douglas Brattebo, the new National Director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) will provide a briefing on new IEL initiatives and an update on the growth and expansion of the EPFP into several new states. Doug joined the IEL in September 2005 and this will be his first "official visit" to Michigan. Prior to joining IEL, Doug served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from August 1999-August 2005, where he taught Honors Introduction to American Government, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, and a Seminar on the Democratic Peace.
In April 2007 IEL announced that the EPFP and IEL will co-sponsor with Michigan State University’s College of Education and The U.S. China Center for Research on Educational Excellence an International Study Tour to China from October 18-28, 2007. This Study Tour is open to past and present EPFP members and friends of the EPFP and IEL. Participants on the Study tour will visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Additional information on special briefings with Chinese education officials, school tours and cultural visits will be provided. Registration materials and information regarding the Study Tour itinerary will be available and discussed at the Alumni Seminar.
In 2006, the Michigan EPFP became formally affiliated with The Education Policy Center at MSU. The Education Policy Center is a university-wide policy center that advances the research and education goals of MSU through its work with multiple programs and colleges across the university. The affiliation between the Michigan EPFP and the EPC at MSU provides a stronger intellectual base for the Michigan EPFP and a framework for exploring policy issues in greater depth. This new partnership relationship will be highlighted.
The 2007 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar and Reception is co-sponsored with The Education Policy Seminar at MSU and the MSU College of Education’s Office of K-12 Outreach.