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Sixth Class of Fellows



Program Highlights:





  • The Program is designed for mid and top level leaders at sites in states across the nation.
  • Constitutes a 10 month professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership.
  • Develops strategic, executive leadership through three organizing learning
    strands: leadership, public policy, and professional networking.
  • Presents learning opportunities through:
    • Seminars and guest lectures by prominent speakers.
    • Small group discussion techniques.
    • Site visits to the state capitol and exemplary programs.
    • Simulations, assigned readings, case studies, workshops, and discussions.
    • Overnight retreats.
    • Listserv discussions and other forms of electronic dialogue and conferencing.
    • Co-sponsored sessions with other leadership organizations.



The Center for Educational Leadership hosts the Ohio Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Education Policy Fellowship Program enables emerging leaders in education and related fields to acquire new perspectives and skills needed to function effectively in complex, political, and changing environment of state-level education. Through EPFP, individuals not only develop their leadership potential, but also their knowledge of the policymaking process.

EPFP was conceived in 1964 in response to the growth of the federal role in education under Great Society legislation, such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program has produced an alumni body of more than 6,400 individuals who now hold leadership positions at all levels of education, government, policy groups, non-profits, and the private sector throughout the country.

EPFP is defined by three program strands - leadership, public policy, and professional networking. Under the leadership strand, Fellows develop familiarity with leadership theory and concepts, build awareness of themselves and their potential as leaders, and learn from face-to-face interaction with proven leaders. The policy strand engages Fellows in learning about specific policy issues, about the process through which policy is made and implemented, about the various participants in the policymaking process, and about the practices skilled leaders use to function successfully in the policy environment. The professional networking strand implements the belief that relationships are at the heart of good leadership and organizational success.

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) provides overall management and direction to EPFP sites nationwide. IEL sponsors the Leadership Forum (LF) in December and the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) in April, annual plenary conferences that bring a national focus to Fellows' experiences at the program sites. IEL's special relationship with leaders of all kinds - academicians elected and appointed public officials, business trainers, and staffers working for Congress, agencies and associations - brings a world of policy experience and expertise to EPFP Fellows each year. For more information about IEL and EPFP go to

EPFP Fellows:

  • Are sponsored by their school districts, state departments of education, non-profits and foundations, corporations, individual schools, and self sponsorship.
  • Are expected to participate fully and attend two national meetings with EPFP Fellows from all sites; a trip to the Army War College in October, and the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) in April.

Who should apply for EPFP?


EPFP invites nominations and applications from emerging leaders who have:


  • A commitment to personal and professional development on behalf of children and youth;
  • A track record for making things happen-inside and across agencies/organizations;
  • Substantive work experiences;
  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent;
  • A full-time professional position;
  • And the endorsement and financial support from their employing organization.

How is the program structured?


Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in their states and in the nation. EPFP activities are directed by on-site Coordinator and the schedules vary for site to site. EPFP requires participation in on-site training activities which are generally, but not always, held at the conclusion of the normal work day from August until May.

How much does the program cost?

Each person's employing agency, the sponsor, or participant pays the base program fee plus additional travel costs. In addition, the employer provides release time for on-site and national activities.

Application Submission Process:


Submit the following to the Center for Educational Leadership office:

  • Program Application.
  • Professional letter of recommendation from your supervisor or employing agency representative.
  • Essay responses.
  • Acceptance decisions will be made by a representative group of School and Community Leaders.
  • The EPFP Acceptance Committee will notify participants of their acceptance by July 2014 by email and mail.

Program Application and other materials should be emailed to, faxed to (216) 687-5378, or mailed to:

EPFP Program
Center for Educational Leadership 
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, JH 275
Cleveland, OH 44115

*IMPORTANT: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail or phone call after you have sent your application in, please call us at (216) 875-9912.

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