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Global Education Policy Leadership Program (EPLP)

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 MSU Global EPLP (formerly in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc.) is designed to provide GEPLP 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.

The Global EPLP 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.



  • 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


  • 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


Program Fees

Each GEPLP Senior Fellow or the Fellow’s employing agency–the sponsor–pays the participation fee of $5,200, which is inclusive of program fees, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, land transportation with guides, tips, and gratuities, daily breakfast, admission to all sites included in the itinerary, and ground transportation. The round-trip international airfare costs are the responsibility of the individual participants.

New zealand 2023 Field Study

The 2023 Global EPLP Senior Fellowship focused on education policy and Māori cultural integration in New Zealand with a field study based in Auckland, October 17-28, 2023.  The field study included visits to K-12 schools, the University of Auckland, and briefings with key leadership and cultural heritage organizations.  Monthly online meetings enabled Senior Fellows to engage with leading academic and policy experts who will share their perceptions on topics such as literacy teaching and learning, student assessment, teacher preparation, Māori and Pacific education, and lessons learned from COVID-19.
Click here for more information about the New Zealand 2023 Field Study


Planning for the 2024 Global Education Policy Leadership Program is underway. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2024 program field study location.

Program Leaders

Dan Schultz

Global EPLP

Dan Schultz is Senior Policy and Program Advisor for the Office of K- 12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He serves as Coordinator Emeritus for the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program (MI EPFP), a program he co-led for more than 35 years. He has developed and led over 25 academic and policy-oriented study tours to China, India, Botswana, Bhutan, Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., Iceland, and New Zealand. 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.

Global EPLP

Bob Monson coordinates the Advanced Education Policy Leadership Program in New York. From 2000 to 2009, he was a senior lecturer and program coordinator in education leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. From 2001 to 2022, he coordinated the Education Policy Fellowship Program in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis 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 four superintendent positions in Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. In 2010, he was a visiting fellow in education at Oxford University. From 2011-2015, he was a consultant to the University of Cambridge (UK) International Education as well as a consultant in Bhutan, China, the U.A.E., Nicaragua, and India.

For questions, please contact one of the program co-coordinators.


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