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2018 Washington Policy Seminar - March 18-21
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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!

View speaker bios by Breakout Session Here

 Breakout Session I
  • Federal Budget 101
  • Crafting and Delivering a Message That Resonates With Policymakers
  • Civil Rights Learning Journey Reflections
  • School-Family-Community Partnerships for the Whole Child
  • Lessons Learned from School Turnaround and Reform
  • Increasing Educator Diversity
  • Career Pathways: Workforce Development for Social Mobility
 Breakout Session II
  • Education Law and Finance
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Developing a Global Perspective: Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Implementing Every Student Succeeds Act
  • School Options in Education
  • Digital Divide and Inclusion: Role of Technology in Education
  • Higher Education Policy: Implications for Access and Success


The Opportunity Index

Roscoe Jones, "The Preservationist" video by AmericanExperiencePBS

Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

Investing in Effective School Leadership: How State are Taking Advantage of Opportunities Under ESSA

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


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.

Last Year's Program


Breakout Session Descriptions

Speakers (by Session)

Resource Page






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