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SC Education Policy Fellowship Program
A 10-month professional development
program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields designed to work toward the  implementation of  sound education policy and practice in South Carolina.


SC-EPFP 2015-2016 program flyer

Media release: 11 South Carolina professional and civic leaders named to prestigious education policy program

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SC-EPFP Class of 2015


  • Engaging stakeholders;
  • Enlarging networks;
  • Developing leaders;
  • Deepening understanding;
  • Honing skills;
  • Creating consensus; and
  • Building capacity.

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) was created in 1964 by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC, in anticipation of the explosive growth of the federal role in education under the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The transformed federal role in education generated a need for education professionals in the states who understood the content of federal legislation, the policy process and the complex changes state systems were undergoing as a result. (More:

Today there is no topic more central to the future of our state and nation than education. Myriad challenges to education posed by new changes in federal level policy, the national recession and severe state budget cuts that threaten South Carolina’s focus on educational accountability and improvement add urgency to the need for education leadership statewide. South Carolina’s EPFP is developing an influential cadre of sophisticated, broad-minded and well-networked leaders representing all stakeholder groups who will take action to improve the future of our state through education improvement and reform.

The SC-EPFP program features a variety of activities designed to promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy and foster understanding of the role of government and the grassroots in creating and implementing policy and practice. Fellows will learn from experts working in education and other fields relating to children and families and will engage in dialogue with key decision-makers affecting public policy. Professional networks will be enriched as Fellows build relationships with high-caliber professionals and share their diverse points of view and expertise in their workplaces and communities.

SC-EPFP meets monthly September through June primarily in Columbia for a full day of dialogues, interactive exercises, small group projects, book discussions, and more. An overnight Leadership Forum is scheduled in the Fall and a four-day Washington Policy Seminar hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership is held in the nation’s capitol in April. Educators may qualify for recertification or certificate renewal credits. (Option 6 or 10.) Graduate credits may also be available; please inquire.

SC-EPFP will make every effort to keep the meeting dates as posted but dates are subject to change. Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Fellows are expected to attend all sessions (up to two days may be missed in an emergency) and the Washington Policy Seminar to receive a certificate.

SC-EPFP is coordinated by Tom Hudson, Executive Director of the South Carolina School Improvement Council, Educational Leadership and Policy Department, College of Education, University of South Carolina, with support from Sally Barefoot, Director of the Office of Leader Effectiveness at the South Carolina Department of Education, and Bruce Moseley of the Office of Leader Effectiveness. Mr. Hudson, Ms. Barefoot and Mr. Moseley are EPFP alumni. For more information about SCEPFP, please contact Tom Hudson at 803-777-7658 or 800-868-2232.

SC-EPFP Advisory Board:

SC Association of School Administrators
SC Department of Education
SC Schools Boards Association
Clemson University
SC Chamber of Commerce
SC Education Oversight Committee
University of South Carolina
At-large members:
Dr. Angela Bain and Ms. Moryah Jackson