What is EPIC?

epic-logo-01.jpgEducation 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 2017 legislative session concluded with sweeping changes to Minnesota’s teacher licensure laws, moving our state from one that has traditionally mandated some of the highest requirements for teacher licensure to one that no longer requires teacher preparation at all.

Our next EPIC paper will focus on the connection between teacher preparation and student achievement. If you have special expertise in this field, please consider applying to become a member of the advisory team for this paper.   On November 20-22, 2017 the group will convene at Education Minnesota 41 Sherburne Ave St. Paul, MN 55103 and you must be able to attend on those dates.  We will cover the cost of mileage and hotel accommodations along with a substitute if needed.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Elizabeth Pettersen at Elizabeth.pettersen@edmn.org or 651-292-4893.

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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 elizabeth.pettersen@edmn.org.