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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.
You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you can’t choose both. Brené Brown’s insights during her keynote at the recent NewSchools Venture Fund Summit resonated deeply with me and with hundreds of other education leaders, educators, and education champions in the room. (They’ve also resonated with more than 19 million people who’ve viewed her TED talk .) Courage is one of Education Pioneers’ four core values. To me, courage is the value from which all others flow. It takes guts to take a risk and challenge the status quo. But Brené shared a perspective on courage that I hadn’t...
In the history of our country, there have been far too many tragic deaths like Freddie Gray’s. And Eric Garner’s. And Michael Brown’s. And Trayvon Martin’s. And Walter Scott’s. And Oscar Grant’s. It is heart wrenching to see the terrible toll of systemic injustice that continues to plague our nation and decimate low-income communities of color.
EP’s annual survey of the 2,500+ leaders in our Alumni network revealed powerful findings: more of our Pioneers work in education than ever before, they're tackling the most critical issues in education sector-wide, and they're highly satisfied with their work.
For the past seven years, I’ve had the privilege of supporting hundreds of Education Pioneers leaders to find powerful, meaningful careers across the education sector in school districts, charter school organizations, nonprofits, education venture capital organizations, and more. As I’ve counseled people, some have had a clear sense of where they wanted to work. Others simply knew they wanted to make a difference in the lives of students but weren’t sure where or how best to do that.
EP Alumnus Rey Faustino (Graduate School Fellow, 2011) a nominee for the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle’s Visionary of the Year award, talks with EP about seeing the possibility in the eyes of first-generation college students stepping onto a college campus for the first time, the Filipino leader he admires, and how his organization ( One Degree ) is revolutionizing the way low-income families find and access critical poverty-fighting resources.