Education Policy 101 (Ed Policy 101) is an innovative online course that introduces participants to the key education policies that affect American K–12 students. It provides a comprehensive, non-ideological, research-based foundation for navigating current education-policy issues, such as school choice, teacher quality, education finance, early childhood education, and standards and accountability. Readings and videos for the course were assembled and prepared by leading education experts, including Martin West (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Tom Loveless (Brookings Institution), Patrick Wolf (University of Arkansas), Dan Goldhaber (Center for Education Data & Research), Marguerite Roza (Georgetown University), Gail Joseph (University of Washington), Paul Hill (Center on Reinventing Public Education), Patrick McGuinn (Drew University), and Chester E. Finn, Jr. (Thomas B. Fordham Institute).

The course is a joint project of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now.

During this ten-week MOOC (massive open online course), participants will learn the ins-and-outs of education policy at the federal and state levels and brainstorm how best to tackle these issues in the future with their learning peers.

Each week, participants will:

  • Watch an introductory video lecture (15-20 minutes)
  • Review selected readings (about 50 pages);
  • Participate in online discussions with members of their cohort, facilitated by an experienced member of the Fordham research team.

The course will run from March 18 to May 20.

By the time the course adjourns, participants will be able to analyze the big policy issues facing education leaders today objectively and use the background information and extended networks they garner through Fordham, 50CAN, and the members of their cohort to begin forging their own action-oriented path for change. 

The application window for the Spring 2016 course is closed. Applications must be received by March 11 in order to be considered.

Have more specific questions about course design, course participation, course requirements, or anything else? Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Still have questions that are unanswered? Contact David Griffith at [email protected].