Dr. Michelle Hall, the Director of Program Assessment and Improvement in Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, has been awarded a California Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) Fellow position. The California EPFP is sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) as part of a national program that includes 17 EPFP sites in 16 states and the District of Columbia.
The 10-month professional development fellowship, which is jointly administered by the Education Insights Center and Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies, aims to strengthen education policymaking in California by connecting emerging and mid-level education leaders who work in a range of roles across the education pipeline.
“The strength of our program truly comes from the incredible fellows we are able to bring together. This year was exceptionally competitive, with well over 100 applications for 20 slots. Dr. Hall’s research experience and expertise in K-12 reform efforts made her application stand out, and we look forward to her contributions to the program,” said California EPFP Director Terra Thorne.
Throughout the academic year, California EPFP fellows attend multiple state-specific workshops and regional leadership forums tailored to address California’s particular challenges. Thorne explained the goal is to bridge the gaps between K-12 and higher education, link state policy with local implementation needs, and expose fellows to diverse perspectives.
Attallah College Dean Margaret Grogan, who herself was an EPFP fellow when she was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, explained this is an exciting opportunity for Dr. Hall and Chapman University: “I am so delighted that Dr. Hall will be able to draw upon state and national policy expertise to help inform students and faculty in the Attallah College moving forward.”
In spring 2019, Dr. Hall will also join 300 EPFP fellows from all 17 sites at the Washington Policy Seminar, EPFP’s national conference, in Washington, DC. Exposure to the national policy venue allows the fellows to connect what they have learned on the local, state, and regional levels to the national and federal scene.
Prior to joining Chapman University in 2017, Dr. Michelle Hall worked as a public school and university educator and in workforce investment policy. She has taught at Columbia University’s Teachers College and is an active researcher with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Under the auspices of PACE, Dr. Hall has been an ongoing member of a statewide research team documenting the impact and early implementation of California’s new education finance system: the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).