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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.
At last month’s National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans, I heard a lot about a handful of charter schools’ pain points: Facilities. Operations. Finance. And most of all, staff retention. Some of these issues are thornier than others (like facilities), but most of them come down to people. How can we keep the incredibly talented people who work at education organizations on our teams?
Educating every single child in our country exceptionally well shouldn’t be a radical idea. But to realize success for all students, we must upend an educational system that currently provides the most opportunity to those who need it the least, and gives the least opportunity to those who need it the most.
In Memphis, Tennessee, many education leaders are thinking big about change for our communities. These are full-blown visions of “cradle to career” improvement and success for all of our cities’ young people. As a result, Memphis is on the cusp of an education renaissance like never before.
In this Q&A, EP talks Memphis with EP Analyst Fellow Melissa Perry. If you’re not thinking about Memphis already, read on for a bunch of reasons why you should be.
In this Pioneer Profile, EP hears from Alumnus Jon Hanover (Analyst Fellow, 2010), who founded Roots Elementary School in Denver, Colorado, a brand new school that is set to open this August. Read on to hear more about why Jon wishes we paid teachers like we pay hedge fund managers and professional athletes, why his favorite school memory includes jumping on furniture and Latin verbs, and what it was like when one of his students learned to read for the very first time.