DelVal faculty member selected as a fellow of the Education Policy and Leadership Center

Sep 08, 2011

The Education Policy and Leadership Center recently selected Katie Kennedy-Reilly, a DelVal faculty member in the education department, as a 2011-2012 fellow.

“She was selected due to her work and role with developing our student teachers,” said Dr. Bashar Hanna, DelVal’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. “This is great honor for Katie and the College.”

The center said Kennedy-Reilly stood out because of her leadership abilities and passion for education.

“Katie was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) because her work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education,” said Mattie Robinson, co-coordinator of the fellowship program.

The EPLC works to improve classrooms by supporting educational professionals and raising awareness about the many public policy issues surrounding education.  

“EPFP Fellows participate in a rigorous ten-month professional development program in which they develop a broadened understanding of the policy process and education policy issues,” said Robinson. “They graduate armed with the knowledge they need to serve as effective leaders and advocates for education.”

As a fellow, Kennedy-Reilly will participate in a regional leadership forum and a national policy seminar. She will share her knowledge and experience with other fellows through presentations, projects and class discussions.

She will also attend nine full-day seminars in Harrisburg and do independent research.

DelVal nominated Kennedy-Reilly for the fellowship. As a faculty member in DelVal’s education department, Kennedy-Reilly helps student teachers become effective educators. She has served as a mentor for many DelVal students seeking careers in education.

Part of her role as a faculty member includes building a network of professionals around the state and staying up-to-date on policy issues so that DelVal students are properly prepared to enter the teaching profession.

Her work as a fellow will enhance the educational experiences of DelVal students who will benefit from her enhanced knowledge of current policy issues and new network of educational professionals.