The Global EPFP is designed to provide GEPFP Senior Fellows with the opportunity to study policy in the Age of Globalization by investigating education policy challenges in economically developed and developing countries. Across cultures, political leaders and policy makers are preparing initiatives to ensure that their countries will remain competitive in a global economy.
What implications will a global economy have on education policy in the United States? Should high schools, community colleges and universities revise their programs and services in order to prepare young people to be successful in work places that are evolving as technology’s influence become increasingly pervasive? What does it mean to be “career ready” in the 21st Century?
The Global EPFP engages participating Senior Policy Fellows in conversations about these and related questions with policy makers, educators, private sector leaders and others in the countries selected to better understand the changing global education policy landscape. Through a series of assigned readings, online synchronous meetings and a highly-focused in-country field study, the Senior Fellows gain insights into global policy challenges, develop new network contacts and experience new cultures.
Develop greater awareness of how other countries prepare young people for a globally interconnected economy
Develop a multi-cultural perspective on U.S. effort’s to ensure its schools are globally competitive
Observe and engage with leaders shaping school reform efforts
Establish relationships with global education policy leaders
- 2011 and 2012 Field Experience to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, China
- 2013 Field Experience to London, Cambridge and Oxford, England
- 2015 Field Experience to Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan
- 2016 Field Experience to Bangalore, Delhi and Agra, India
- 2017 Field Experience to Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu and Shanghai, China
- 2018 Field Experience to Baden-Württemberg, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland
- 2021 Field Experience to Iceland (Program Description, Photo)
- Monthly Conference Calls – Pre-departure orientation and briefings
- 10-Day International Field Experience
- A blend of academic, business and cultural experiences
- Post-trip reflections and evaluation
- Background readings and discussions
- Optional Policy Project
Dan Schultz is Coordinator Emeritus for the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program (MI EPFP), a program he co-led for more than 35 years. He serves as Senior Policy and Program Advisor for the Office of K- 12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He has developed and led over 20 academic and policy-oriented study tours to China, India, Botswana, Bhutan, Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., and Iceland. His background includes executive leadership and policy roles in state government in Michigan, where he was Assistant State Superintendent and Director of Technology and Grants for the Michigan Department of Education. He holds academic degrees in economics and education administration. He is the recipient of the Michigan Reading Association’s 2018 Advocacy Award, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Institute for Educational Leadership’s National Leadership Award, and the International Friendship Award from Southwest University in China.
Robert J. Monson, Ph.D.
Bob Monson coordinates the Education Policy Fellowship Program in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. From 2000 to 2009, he was a senior lecturer and program coordinator in education leadership at Teachers College. In 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education. Across seven states he has served public school children in the capacities of teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and five superintendent positions in Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. In 2010, he was a visiting fellow in education at Oxford University. He has been a consultant to the University of Cambridge (UK) International Education as well as a consultant in China, the U.A.E., Bhutan, Nicaragua, and India.