What is EPIC?
Education Minnesota started the Educator Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) in 2015 to make sure that educators are at the forefront of policy decisions that impact our students, teachers, schools and communities.
EPIC brings together teams of educators to provide research-proven solutions to the challenges faced in our schools. The teams of educators dig into academic research on a topic, share their own experiences, and decide what policy proposals best solve the challenge being discussed. They produce an academic research paper outlining their proposals; present the papers to media, colleagues and policy makers; and communicate their proposals on social media, in op eds and on blogs.
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What's the next topic?
To date, EPIC advisory committees have covered topics ranging from student testing, to full-service community schools, pre-K and teacher recruitment and retention. The policy papers that have resulted from this work have garnered the attention of state and national education stakeholders and have been used by Education Minnesota members in a great variety of policy settings.
The next topic is charter school accountability. In 1991, Minnesota became the first state to allow the formation of charter schools. This decision was the beginning of a national charter school movement, and Minnesota’s own charter school experiment has undergone many transformations since then. This EPIC team will evaluate the accountability mechanisms that monitor charter schools and offer advice about how Minnesota can protect the integrity of all public schools, both charter and traditional. We seek the input of all members with expertise on the topic, but we especially encourage former and current charter school educators to apply.
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Who can be a part of EPIC teams?
EPIC research teams are open to all members of Education Minnesota because although practicing educators are the experts when it comes to education policy, the voice of the educator has often been absent in education policy discussions. Academics, politicians and CEOs proclaim what is best for education, often with no grounding or experience in how their proposals affect real classrooms with actual students.
How do I apply?
We are currently taking online applications for EPIC advisory committees. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Pettersen, at 651-292-4893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.