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The best side dish to go with your Kansas City BBQ? Public education.

There’s a constant debate happening in Kansas City around which barbecue joint is the best. At every local meeting that I’ve been to, I’ve been the outsider from Chicago, and each person has an opinion about which restaurant I should sample while I’m in town. This barbecue debate is something that everyone is passionate about in Kansas City, and it can be a tense topic when someone mentions Oklahoma Joe’s in the presence of a Gates fanatic. U.S. Presidents have even gotten involved in the barbecue conversation, frequently making one of the local restaurants a stop on their U.S. tours. As a...
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Four Ways to Ace Your Application [Infographic]

To ensure that you can showcase successfully what you bring to the table as a potential Education Pioneers Fellow, here are four ways, and multiple resources, to help you ace your application: Read the full blog on 4 ways to ace your application if you're considering the EP Fellowship. Thank you for your interest in launching or advancing a high-impact career in education. Good luck with your Fellowship application! Emily Cochran is the Interim Director, Admissions & Placement for Education Pioneers. Emily joined Education Pioneers because of her passion for increasing academic excellence...
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The Inside Scoop on the EP Fellowship’s Leadership Development Programming

Education Pioneers does more than recruit talented professionals and connect them with our partners in education. We provide 10 weeks of leadership development programming to help our Fellows dive into the key issues going on in education and support them to become lifelong education leaders.

What Charter Schools Get Wrong (and Right) in Empowering Children and Communities of Color

Cornelius Lee, Associate Director, Learning Programs for Education Pioneers, took a hard look at charter schools. He wanted to know how we as a society are socially and emotionally developing children of color who live in poverty. His research into charter schools raised some critical questions for him, including: “How can we level the playing field so that the opportunities for affluent students—where creativity and autonomy are valued—trickle to charter schools that focus on low-income populations that are mostly brown and black?” In this Q&A with Cornelius, he talks about his research...

The Most Effective Superintendents Lead AND Learn

I’m proud to live in Denver – a city that values the importance of leadership. Last Thursday, I joined the Quarterly Forum’s holiday party to celebrate Colorado’s best emerging community leaders. Members of this organization recognize that to create great communities and schools, leadership matters. And learning matters equally. We have another example of leadership in Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg, whose next few years in the superintendent seat — which are likely to be his last — may result in a legacy defined by learning as much as it is by leading. Here’s why: Denver Public Schools (...
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Rock Your Resume to Get that Job, Internship or Fellowship

Q&A with Sydney Henriques-Payne, Director, Talent for Education Pioneers (and EP Alumna) 1| What’s the best way for applicants to translate who they are and what they have done in a resume? As a recruiter, I want to learn who you are as a professional and understand your career trajectory from reading your resume. This is the best way for us to begin a conversation about where you want to go and what you want to do in your next role. Most recruiters are going to read your resume first (and may not read your cover letter), so be sure it’s strong! A resume is a great “teaser” to share how...

How to Use Togetherness to Manage Up, Down, and Sideways

Summer’s almost over. Whether you’re preparing for a new academic year or a new fiscal year, here are some tools to help you set your priorities and stay focused on them all year long. Because no matter your role or organization, it can be all too easy to get swept up in the busyness of doing without really spending your time on creating and planning for the things that matter most. Here are a few ways and resources to help you stay (or get!) Together from the start: 1| Create a Priority Plan. A Priority Plan is a short, simple, and sharable three-month view of your highest leverage actions...

Can’t Miss Summer Reads for the Social Justice Minded

This summer, in addition to being an EP staff member, I also have the privilege of participating in our Fellowship programming here in Boston as an EP Fellow. Earlier this week I was talking to one of my new professional contacts (thanks to the Fellowship) about how we both found our latest Fellowship workshop so useful because it gave us a chance to hear fresh perspectives from our cohort peers. We both thought it so important to hear from new people to break out of our bubbles and collaborate with people who take different stances on a project or challenge we’re wrestling with. The...

We MUST Make Change, Together. Now.

This has been a heartbreaking – and infuriating – summer in America. Orlando, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and most recently the events in Dallas. Internally as a team, we are taking the time to support and reflect with each other. At EP, our founding belief is in the power of a network of individuals coming together for transformational change. This network can also be a source of support, strength, and action as our nation faces issues of hate, racial inequity, and injustice. We urge you to connect with each other, knowing there is so much more to do in order to make sure our students...

Championing Greater Good in Education through LGBTQ Inclusion

After the recent shooting in Orlando, I talked to friends about what happened that Monday at work. It was interesting that each of our organizations had a different response. A friend in a consulting organization said they were shown a video about gun safety. Neither of us could understand how that addressed the issue of what happened in Orlando – or how it supported employees distraught by the weekend’s events. Fortunately, at EP, we created safe spaces to talk about the mass shooting at the Pulse , and shared resources to help people process the tragedy and find the support they need. On my...

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