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Putnam receives scholarship to attend prestigious education policy program

September 30, 2019

Julie Putnam Kershaw County School District Coordinator for Web and Media Services Julie Putnam is one of 17 professional and civic leaders from across South Carolina selected to participate in the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program (SC-EPFP) for the 2019-20 school year.

Putnam received a scholarship to participate in the program from SC-EPFP and the South Carolina chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (SC/NSPRA) where she serves as the chairperson of the chapter's Rewards for Excellence program.

SC-EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working toward sound education policy and practice in South Carolina.

SC-EPFP Fellows participate in a variety of activities to promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy and foster greater understanding of the roles of government and the community in education.

"I believe participating in the program will make me a more effective communicator and administrator who is better prepared to support and advocate for our community," Putnam said. "The network I gain through this experience - in class participants, instructors, guest speakers, and elected officials - will be an invaluable resource to draw on when our district needs guidance on developing new programs or tackling challenging issues."

South Carolina Fellows will meet monthly throughout the academic year for full-day dialogues, exercises and group projects, in addition to an overnight in-state Fall Leadership Forum and a four-day Washington Policy Seminar in the nation’s capital in March.

“Once again this year, our SC-EPFP class includes a cross-section of the most talented and committed leaders we have in The Palmetto State,” said Scott T. Price, Executive Director for the SC School Boards Association and SC-EPFP Advisory Board Chair. “Over the next 10 months, they will work together to gain new perspectives, build on their professional skills, and make vital connections to take positive steps for the future of South Carolina through meaningful education improvement and reform.”

SC-EPFP operates under the auspices of the national Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC, which oversees Fellowship programs in 16 states and the District of Columbia. In South Carolina, the program is coordinated by the SC School Improvement Council, located in the Center for Educational Partnerships at the University of South Carolina College of Education.

Since its inception in South Carolina, SC-EPFP has produced nearly 220 program graduates from a variety of professional backgrounds.

SC-EPFP is supported by an advisory board providing cross-disciplinary leadership representing the state’s K-12 education, higher education and business communities.

Mary Anne Byrd