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Education Pioneers shares stories of impact, insights, ideas, and opinions to advance the conversation about what great leadership in education looks like.
For education leaders and managers who work outside of the school building, it’s too easy for us to go a long time without stepping foot in a classroom. But it’s vital that we anchor our work there. To do just that, our 70+ EP staff visited local schools in New Orleans as part of our annual all-staff retreat in October. As our local ambassador, my job was to give our team a glimpse of our city’s unique landscape and plan our school visits. New Orleans, by all accounts, has undergone one of the most compelling educational transformations this country has ever seen. In the years since Hurricane...
For those who know me, you won’t be surprised that I was pumped when the San Francisco Giants clinched their recent World Series victory and third championship in the last five years. There’s nothing better for sports fans than your hometown team taking the trophy against long odds. And I was particularly excited about this year’s victory because of what it shows about developing talent. On the Giants’ winning roster, 14 of the 25 players were homegrown talent, developed by the organization (including World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, who delivered a performance for the ages ).
Daris McInnis (GSF NOLA 2013) shares his experience in transitioning from military service to Education Pioneers. His best advice on taking on a new leadership role? “You just have to jump.”
I’m okay with being uncomfortable. In fact, I welcome it. While it’s in my nature to embrace change, I also seek discomfort. I believe that continually moving beyond my comfort zone is critical for growth and continuous improvement in my work. As professionals working in education at all levels across the sector, we need a heck of a lot more discomfort in our lives. We’re not doing any child in this country a service in accepting the status quo simply because it’s comfortable for us as adults. So how do we get more uncomfortable?
In this Pioneer Profile, Celia Garcia Alvarado, Executive Director, Western Region for Education Pioneers, shares with EP where she learned how to change a tire, the Latina trailblazer she most admires, and why she thinks of teachers every day.