• January 27, 2022
 UTEP Alumnus training to be leader in Education Policy

Jessica Tellez

UTEP Alumnus training to be leader in Education Policy

(BOSTON) El Paso native Jessica Tellez will spend the coming year developing her skills as an education leader by participating in the Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), run by the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy.

This program serves mid-career professionals who seek to expand their networks and build their policy and skills as a leader to move forward effective reform. The 2021-22 MA EPFP program will feature a variety of virtual sessions and workshops with prominent leaders, including former Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville.

Fellows will also hear from leaders in the Massachusetts State House and U.S. Congress to learn about the policy process firsthand. Massachusetts EPFP is one of 11 sites in the national EPFP program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, D.C.

“This year, more than ever, we are excited to welcome a talented group of fellows to participate in EPFP,” said Chad d’Entremont, Executive Director for the Rennie Center.

“Especially in a turbulent time like the present, the need for effective educational leadership and policymaking is clear. The 2021-22 EPFP fellows bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences to our program, and we look forward to working with them over the coming year to help fellows explore the state education policy context, develop their skills as leaders, and build their networks in the education and policy communities.”

Jessica Tellez joins EPFP as a recent graduate of Brown University’s Urban Education Policy master’s program. Jessica previously worked at the U.S. Department of Education and YouthBuild USA, a national nonprofit dedicated to developing the academic, work-readiness, and leadership skills within Opportunity Youth.

Through her experience as a first-generation college student at UTEP, Jessica learned how equitable access to quality education can disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty that marginalized groups face and empower young people to become leaders in their own communities.

As part of EPFP, she will interact with 20 other fellows working in a variety of roles, including teachers, school district administrators, researchers, nonprofit leaders, and state officials. Jessica looks forward to developing the practical tools and specialized knowledge required to influence effective policy measures in order to cultivate a supportive ecosystem that meets all learners’ needs.

“By the end of the program, fellows are in a strong position to move forward in their careers as education professionals and advance effective policy reform,” said Dr. d’Entremont.

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy’s mission is to improve public education through well-informed decision-making based on deep knowledge and evidence of effective policymaking and practice.

For more information, visit www.renniecenter.org   |   For our previous coverage of UTEP, click here.

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