Today there is no topic more central to the future of our state and nation than education. Whether it be equitable funding, meaningful accountability, teacher recruitment and retention, or student college/career readiness, the issues surrounding education are many, nuanced, and far-reaching.
The SC Education Policy Fellowship Program (SC-EPFP) is 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.
Since 2002, SC-EPFP has developed an influential cadre of alumni – sophisticated, broad-minded, and well-networked leaders representing all stakeholder groups – who act to improve South Carolina’s tomorrows through impactful education improvement and reform. These committed alumni connect with similar professionals across the U.S. – products of their program experiences in 17 state sites and the District of Columbia – under the umbrella of the 55-year-old Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC.
Engaging Stakeholders - Enlarging Networks - Developing Leaders
Deepening Understanding - Honing Skills - Creating Consensus - Building Capacity
SC-EPFP features a variety of activities designed to promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy, and foster understanding of the role that both the government AND the grassroots play in creating and implementing meaningful policy and practice. Fellows will learn from experts working in education and other fields relating to children and families, and they will engage in dialogues with key decision-makers affecting public policy on the local, state, and national levels.
The program meets monthly September through June primarily in Columbia for a full day of knowledgeable presenters, interactive exercises, small group policy projects, and more. An in-state Leadership Retreat is scheduled for two days in October and a four-day Washington Policy Seminar hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership is held in the nation’s capital in March.
Educators may qualify for recertification or certificate renewal credits.
The SC Education Policy Fellowship Program is coordinated by Tom F. Hudson, Executive Director of the SC School Improvement Council (University of South Carolina College of Education), along with Bruce Moseley, a long-time South Carolina educator and former Director of the SC Department of Education’s Office of School Leadership. Mr. Hudson and Mr. Moseley are both SC-EPFP alumni. For more information about SC-EPFP, please contact Mr. Hudson at 803-777-7658 or 800-868-2232.
SC Education Policy Fellowship Program Advisory Board
SC Association of School Administrators - SC Schools Boards Association
SC Chamber of Commerce - SC Department of Education
SC Education Oversight Committee - UofSC College of Education
Clemson University College of Education - SC-EPFP Alumni Representatives