2019 Michigan EPFP Alumni Forum
On June 3, 2019, Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sheila Alles was awarded the 2019 National Leadership Award from the Institute for Educational Leadership and the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program (MI EPFP). Periodically this distinguished leadership award is presented in recognition of the contributions and achievements of EPFP alumni, key program resources and advocates for effective public policy.
Remarks from Sheila Alles upon receiving the award:
“I’d like to thank the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) for honoring me with this prestigious award. I also thank Bryan Beverly and Brian Boggs from the Education Policy Fellowship Program for nominating me for this award.
I truly believe in what the EPFP is and does… Since its inception in the 1970s, EPFP has been valued by all State Superintendents in Michigan. This program has helped build leaders in the education community by building capacity among all of our resources as well as working together for our children and communities.
EPFP has opened the lines of communications and team building for the purpose of thoughtful and non-partisan policy dialogue. Additionally, EPFP has built important networks at the local, state, and national levels. The education policy reforms today are the outgrowth of the forward thinking that EPFP has incubated and nurtured. I have seen first-hand the tremendous growth in MDE employees who have been enriched through EPFP. My colleagues are some of the brightest individuals I’ve had the privilege to work with. I am convinced EPFP played a role in that.
I would like to take this opportunity, in my role as Interim State Superintendent, and on behalf of the Michigan Department of Education and the State Board of Education, to acknowledge EPFP and its members for the great work you do to support the education community in our state.”