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2018 Washington Policy Seminar - March 18-21
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Preliminary Agenda:

March 18
March 19
 Tuesday, March 20 Wednesday, March 21 

8:00 Breakfast

7:30 Breakfast 8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Morning Keynote

Roscoe Jones, Sr., The Freedom '64 Project

8:30 Plenary I

Norm Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute

8:30 Meaning-Making

1:00 WPS Begins

Johan E. Uvin, Institute for Educational Leadership


9:15 Breakouts I

See speaker bios

9:30 Plenary II

Judy Schneider, Congressional Research Service

9:30 Halperin Lecture and Youth Award

Ron Ferguson, Harvard University


 1:30 Opening Plenary

Johan E. Uvin, Institute for Educational Leadership

Alyson Klein, Education Week

Lillian Lowery, The Education Trust

Mike Petrilli, Thomas Fordham Institute

Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education

10:45 Breakouts II

See speaker bios

11:00 State-based Activities

11:00 Closing Speaker

Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute


3:30 National Forum

Helen Malone, Institute for Educational Leadership

12:15 Networking Lunch


12:00 WPS Concludes

5:30 Reception

Hansuel Kang, DC Superintendent 

1:30 Congressional Simulation




The Washington Policy Seminar (WPS), IEL's EPFP capstone event, is designed to help you connect more deeply to the national policy discourse on education and to make connections between the federal and state levels. You will go behind the scenes on key education policies, closely examine the implications of federal decisions on the states, and have opportunities to share across sites on how your states and communities are addressing systemic issues in support of all learners. WPS is your front row seat to education policy inside the Beltway and connection to education leaders from across the country!

Preview of WPS Speaker Bios

EPFP Alumni - Registration currently open!

EPFP alumni and former EPFP sponsors may attend WPS for a conference fee of $575. You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations for the conference. If you are an EPFP alum who is interested in attending WPS, please contact Sarah McCann at 

EPFP '16-17 alumni who are making up WPS can attend free of conference fee, but are responsible for registering for the conference and making your room reservation in one of our room blocks.

Pre- and Post-Conference Activities



Registration will close February 23. 

We will be offering optional pre-conference tours on Sunday, March 18, from 10:30am-12pm, and post-conference site visits on Wednesday, March 21, from 1:00-3pm. We will be offering the following pre- and post-conference activities.

Sunday, March 18, 10:30am-12pm
Pre Conference Tours

Wednesday, March 21, 1:00-3 pm
Post Conference Site Visits

EPFP Sponsors

If you are a current EPFP Fellows sponsor you may attend WPS free of charge. If you are a sponsor who would like to attend please contact Sarah McCann at for more information. 

Thanks to this year's lunch sponsor: 


If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 WPS, please contact Sarah McCann a


Last Year's Program


Breakout Session Descriptions

Speakers (by Session)

Resource Page






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