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Busy Spring Schedule for EPSSA Members

The Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA) serves graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education. EPSSA has an active schedule this spring with events on and off campus.

by Erin McHenry-Sorber, EPSSA Secretary

The Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA) is a small, but well organized and involved group of 30 students whose purpose is to promote the development of students as scholars and future professionals in the fields of educational leadership, education theory and policy, American Indian leadership, and comparative and international education.


The intention of the association is to provide a forum for support, discussions, scholarship, social networking, and professional development relating to all matters of K-12 education. Last year, EPSSA hosted Larry Cuban, professor at Stanford University and author of numerous education books, who spoke to students and faculty. On April 24, Mary Kusler, assistant director for Advocacy and Policy for the American Association of School Administrators, will speak to the group about her lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on behalf of America’s public schools.


EPSSA was awarded funding for and is currently organizing a trip to San Diego for the American Education Research Association Conference (AERA), April 13-17. Twenty-two students are planning to attend the annual event, and several will be presenting original research at the conference.


EPSSA also hosts a number of student events, including a practice research symposium where students can present upcoming conference presentations to their fellow students, a writing group for students involved in the dissertation writing process, forums for students to present interesting research, as well as professional presentations by representatives from the career center. Social events throughout the year are organized so that students across programs can build a network of colleagues dedicated to education.


Membership is open to all graduate students in the College of Education and undergraduate students are welcome to attend any EPSSA events. For more information on how to participate in activities or to join, contact Katherine Reed, president, 300 Rackley Building, or krr165@psu.edu.