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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.
Moving from individual contributor to first-time people manager is a big jump. In fact, it’s the most difficult transition you’ll face in your entire professional career. But making the leap successfully pays off. The people who get it right can contribute two to three times more than those who don’t. Talk about social impact.
Empower Schools and EP Alumna Sarah Toce are working to make the debate over school district vs. charter school a thing of the past. “Our theory of action represents a third way,” said Sarah, Director of Policy for Empower.
On the heels of hearing researcher and author Brené Brown at this year’s NewSchools Venture Fund Summit, Education Pioneers CEO Scott Morgan and I have been talking with our leadership team about vulnerability and its relationship to leadership and courage, one of Education Pioneers’ core values. Ms. Brown’s engaging talk helped me and others think more deeply about how transformation—at an individual or systemic level -- is an intensely human process, involving the head AND the heart.
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.
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.