ACES is not currently accepting applications for this program. Contact Leslie Abbatiello at for information about future cohorts.

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is the nationally recognized leadership development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and managed in CT by Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES). 

EPFP is a ten-month learning experience for professionals with strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education.  Participants work full-time in K-12 public school districts, universities, RESCs and non-profits. Applicants are also accepted from business, municipal and state government, and boards of education. Fellows are typically endorsed and supported by their employer.


EPFP provides a forum for developing advanced leadership skills in CT educators and leaders from related fields. Specifically, EPFP builds leaders’ capacity to:

  • Actively participate with local, regional and/or national stakeholders and policymakers in community and state/ national organizations
  • Proactively engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to influence federal, state and local decisions that impact equity and excellence in education


  • Access to a program proven to directly support the development of educational leaders
  • Better informed, more skillful employees
  • Employees prepared to assume sophisticated leadership responsibilities
  • Expanded networks that enhance your organization’s ability to access and influence key leaders and decision-makers who shape policy in Connecticut on behalf of children and education

EPFP FELLOWS 2013-2016