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Center for Education Policy at Keystone Policy Center
The Center for Education Policy (CFEP) at Keystone Policy Center is working at the forefront of efforts to expand access to quality education, improve student outcomes, and plan for the challenges of an evolving global economy. We partner with educators, policymakers, communities, and industry leaders as they increasingly focus on the challenge of ensuring all students are prepared for tomorrow’s opportunities, with equitable access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the college or career path of their choice.
The Keystone Policy Center was founded in 1975 by Robert W. Craig — a visionary, scholar, and mountaineering legend — to independently facilitate the resolution of national policy conflicts. Today, the Keystone Policy Center leads the ascent as a trusted guide in surmounting policy obstacles. An independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together public, private, and civic sector leaders who have diverse perspectives but share a common desire to find lasting solutions to significant policy problems.

What We Do

  • Stakeholder Engagement
    CFEP helps education leaders and stakeholders gather input, find common ground & build support through genuine, two-way dialogs
  • Convenings & Facilitation
    CFEP empowers and facilitates robust, respectful conversations and examination of research to develop collaborative solutions.
  • Policy Development
    CFEP helps state and local leaders craft, advance and implement research backed and aspirational policies.
  • System Design
    CFEP helps education leaders implement new systems with efficacy, fidelity and efficiency to advance their vision.

CFEP partners with state and local leaders nationally to help find common higher ground and improve outcomes for kids.

Stakeholder Engagement
Convenings
Policy Development
System Design
  • How can states elevate the teaching profession to recruit and retain great teachers who advance and improve outcomes for all kids?
    What policies, systems or practices can improve the classroom readiness of new teachers?
    Convening of those involved in training, hiring and supporting new teachers.
    The Educator Preparation Innovation Coalitions (EduPICs) brings together leaders from preparation programs, representatives of the Departments of Education and Higher Education, district leaders, teachers, and community and non-profit leaders to identify promising practices in teacher development, areas in need of innovation, barriers to both, and ways to measure the effectiveness of preparation models.
    In one state's second phase, EduPIC plans to support its members to develop new models of teacher preparation that incorporated the findings of the Coalition, including but not limited to establishing common measures to assess the effectiveness of these pilots.
  • Ensuring all kids have access to educational opportunities that prepare them to thrive in their community, state, and the global economy.
    K-12 course offerings and partnerships with public and private sector employers, trade associations and other local leaders for students to engage in work based learning.
    Too often, education and economic development operate and exist in silos without the close collaboration necessary to truly position students for post-K-12 success on the path of their choosing.
    State coalitions explore skills and knowledge needed for success in region’s economy, assess the alignment of existing courses, partnerships and programs available to students and develop recommendations or pilots of new programs based on the coalition’s findings.
  • Transformation of instructional models and the delivery of instruction to classes as a whole and to each individual student.
    Addressing the human capital, policy, technology and financial factors that affect successful implementation of blended learning strategies.
    To address these conditions and factors, it is essential that local and state elected leaders understand both the value of blended learning and their role in creating the necessary conditions for these efforts to thrive.
    Work with state leaders to develop a Blended Learning Roadmap to Provide a pathway to support schools and districts that wish to implement blended learning strategies by identifying statewide priorities, goals, objectives and strategies.
Our Work
CFEP is working at the forefront of efforts to expand access to quality education, improve student outcomes, and plan for the challenges of an evolving global economy.