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.

EPIC is currently seeking applicants for eight new policy teams to help direct a research paper on ways to fund and support the programs and resources public educators need to build equitable schools, retain high-quality teachers and close the opportunity gap.

Potential EPIC members must identify one area of interest on their applications. If you apply, please check that you are available to meet on the day we will be covering your preferred topic. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:  

  • Feb. 8, 2019: Full-service community schools, school infrastructure/building schools worthy of our students, universal pre-k and educator compensation and work environments.
  • Feb. 15, 2019: Teacher prep; trauma-informed, restorative schools; increased support services; and educator mentoring.

You can find longer descriptions of these teams on the application website. Applications are now open at http://www.cvent.com/d/jbqvx9.

Please submit applications by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12.

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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 eight new EPIC policy teams. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Pettersen, at 651-292-4893 or elizabeth.pettersen@edmn.org.