Dr. Helen Janc Malone is the Director of National EPFP and the IEL Director of Institutional Advancement. She is focused on strengthening EPFP and continuing to grow IEL as an agent of social change. Her areas of expertise include: education policy and leadership, expanded learning, systems-level change in the national and global contexts.
She is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Educational Change and Out-of-School Time Special Interest Groups, a Board Director for the PDK International Chapter of Harvard University, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities, in addition to her posts as a peer reviewer for several academic journals focused on educational change, youth development, and school-community partnerships. Her recent select publication include: Networks for Change: Global Perspectives, Local Practices (forthcoming, four-part series for the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement); Empowering Teachers: The Role of School-Community Partnerships (2015, with IEL Colleague Reuben Jacobson, in Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up); Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013), "The Search Stage" (Journal of School Counseling, 2013), The Futures of School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2012, co-authored chapter), Expanded Learning Time and Opportunities (Jossey-Bass, 2011), Year-Round Learning: Connecting School, Afterschool, and Summer Contexts to Support Learning (Harvard Family Research Project, 2011, co-author). She has co-founded two special interest groups within the AERA. Dr. Malone has given distinguished lectures domestically and abroad and has appeared in mass media, including PBS, C-SPAN, Huffington Post, and has run two Education Week blogs.
Dr. Malone holds a B.S. in political science from Towson University, M.A. in higher education policy and leadership from University of Maryland, College Park, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice from Harvard University.
Sarah McCann took on the role of Education Policy Fellowship Coordinator in October 2016. In this role she provides programmatic, logistical, event management, and communications support for the National Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) and supports other IEL networking functions. She joined IEL as a Coalition for Community Schools Intern and went on to support the National Forum for Community Schools and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference before her current position.
Prior to joining IEL, Sarah volunteered as a teacher and consultant for United Action for Children-Cameroon and worked as a research intern at the Institute for Employment Studies. Before moving to DC she lived in Brighton, England, where she volunteered in homelessness prevention as a youth advisor and served as the community engagement officer for her local Ultimate Frisbee club.
Sarah graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Geography and Anthropology, and an MA in Social Development focusing on the anthropology of childhood.