Minnesota's Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a partnership of the Washington D.C. based Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), the Minnesota based Center for Policy Design (CPD) and the Minnesota based Educational Evolving (EE). All three organizations are non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations. This year (2018/19) is the 43rd year of the Fellowship program in Minnesota.
The first year of the Fellowship was 1976-77; since then 525 Fellows have completed this unique policy experience.
This is the ninth year that CPD has served as the Minnesota partner with IEL and EE second year. For the first 34 years of the Fellowship the College of Education at the University of Minnesota was the Minnesota-based partner.
In October 2016 Minnesota EPFP celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a special evening at the Minnesota History Center. Plans are already underway to celebrate Minnesota's EPFP Fellowship in 2021. View the 40th Anniversary Program, including "40 Years of Minnesota Fellows".
The fellowship program has a primary focus on state and federal policy development and the leadership that is necessary to influence emerging policy that has a direct effect on education and schooling.
It is designed for both new and former Fellows. Fellows meet from October 2018 to May 2019 with a final session in November 2019. The program includes IEL's Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) in March.