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July 24, 2017 – The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education today named 20 leaders to the Education Policy Fellowship Program’s Class of 2017-2018. The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) that provides potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy.
In Georgia, EPFP is an initiative of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is co-sponsored by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. The program connects potential educational leaders with one another to build the capacity for our state to raise the bar for student learning and achievement. The ultimate goal of EPEP is to improve the chances for children and youth to succeed.
“The Education Policy Fellowship Program provides leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy in Georgia,” said Dr. Steve Dolinger, President of the Georgia Partnership. “It serves as a critical resource for individuals, organizations and the state to increase the knowledge about education policy and linkages between policy and practice. I congratulate all of these talented leaders and look forward to working alongside them.”
Director of Programs
Dr. Chris Cannon
Georgia Council on Economic Education
Director – Caucus Services
Georgia House Democratic Caucus
Dr. Bonnie Cochran
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Paulding County School District
Sherri S. Davis
Senior Managing Director – Strategy, Talent and Operations
Teach for America
Education Program Manager
Jessica P. Pennington
Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.
Gayla R. Robbins
Stephanie A. Sanders
English Language Arts Program Manager
Georgia Department of Education
Director of Operations and Investments
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Otha E. Thornton, Jr.
Past National PTA President
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Director of Data, Analytics & Insights
Dr. Kelly M. Walton
Chief Operating Officer
Future Foundation, Inc.
The Study Hall, Inc.
Charter System Foundation, Inc.
Public Service Assistant
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The University of Georgia
Division Director – Educational Development
Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
Accelerating the Pace calls for state leaders and educators to focus on four main priority areas for improvement:
- Make the South the best place to teach in the nation. Teachers and principals who have the talent, preparation and continued support they need to help students succeed.
- Provide new types of academic—and nonacademic—support for today’s students. Students need an array of support systems to help them deal with physical and emotional health issues that can impact their learning.
- Clear all students’ path from high school to their next steps in education and work. Build a much stronger bridge from high school into college, career training or a good job.
- Ensure resources are adequate and targeted. Invest in education to meet the needs of every child, and consider additional support for students who need the most help to catch up.