EP and American Institutes for Research: Extraordinary Change Requires Extraordinary People

EP teamed up with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to determine if we are meeting our mission to recruit, connect, and develop more diverse, transformative leaders into the education sector. AIR also examined how EP Fellows and Alumni persist in the education sector as they grow their careers. In September 2017, AIR reported on their findings in “Education Pioneers’ Fellow and Alumni Demographics and Mobility Analysis.” AIR’s research found that EP Fellows are highly educated: 83% of Pioneers held or were pursuing a doctorate in education, a juris doctorate or a master’s degree at...

Education Pioneers Teams with the American Institutes for Research to Examine our Impact on the Education Sector

To address the structural inequities that perpetuate the opportunity gap and affect low-income students and students of color, Education Pioneers is building a network of leaders and partners in education who can reimagine systems of schools nationwide. As Education Pioneers (EP) has been building a leadership movement to transform public education for nearly 15 years, EP recently teamed with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to examine our impact in the K-12 public education sector. We wanted to know: Is EP meeting our mission to recruit, connect, and develop more diverse,...

Education Pioneers Stands with Dreamers

Photo by Aaron Burson on Unsplash Education Pioneers stands with the 800,000 Dreamers and is saddened by the President’s decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. EP recruits, develops, and connects professionals from diverse backgrounds with education roles to solve problems from outside of the classroom so ALL students and teachers succeed inside of the classroom. We pride ourselves on our core values — among them diversity, equity, and inclusion, people-focus, and optimism. The decision to rescind DACA runs counter to our values, our mission, and the world...

Q&A with 2017 EPic Chicago Alumni Award Winner Adrian Segura

In June, Education Pioneers was proud to host the annual Chicago Agents of Change Luncheon, where we honored 10 EP Alumni who work in Chicago education organizations on behalf of underserved students and demonstrate results toward achieving educational equity and opportunity in many ways, including innovation, entrepreneurship, and community advocacy and empowerment. One of those Alumni, Adrian Segura, was named the EPic Chicago Alumni of the year for his work as an advocacy and government affairs professional who largely advocates on behalf of public school students. (The EPic Chicago Alumni...
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Happy New Year from EP

Happy New Year! In 2017, at Education Pioneers, we have our eyes fixed on hope. “Hope is what gets you to stand up when other people say, ‘sit down,’” said Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, in his keynote address at our 2016 National Conference. He urged us all to protect our hope – for hope is what enables us to believe in things we haven’t yet seen. We can give all students access to equitable opportunities. We can ensure that all schools serve all students at exceptionally high levels. We can prepare all students to reach their full potential...
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Help Louisiana Schools and the EP Family Rebuild

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Thousands of children, teachers, families, schools and communities in Louisiana have been hard-hit by devastating floods. And our extended EP family in Baton Rouge has also been affected. There are many ways that Pioneers can come together to support Louisiana students, families, and schools, and we wanted to share some ways to do that: · New Schools for Baton Rouge. At our EP Partner organization, New Schools for Baton Rouge, all nine of their schools were impacted , three were flooded, dozens of staff and teachers lost their homes, and hundreds of...

There's more than just #EP2016 happening in San Francisco this November!

If you are thinking about attending the #EP2016 Conference, it’s a great time to move that interest into action. We weren’t joking when we said this event was about picking your own adventure—both professionally and personally. Register now to secure one of our remaining early bird discounts - more than half are already sold out! In case you needed more reasons to take action. We will give you ten! Bragging rights matter - you could hit every activity on our list! #EP2016 Top Ten San Francisco Bucket-list Ride on a cable car (preferably with one arm outstretched, while singing loudly). The...

Raising Our Voices for Justice

This has been a tough summer for our nation – and our team at Education Pioneers – following the fatal shootings of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, five police officers in Dallas, and three police officers in Baton Rouge. These events have caused great anguish and outrage here at EP. And I can only begin to imagine how difficult this summer has been for families, children, and communities of color, and for all of those who have lost loved ones. Following a recent EP Town Hall meeting, a diverse group of EP staff,...

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