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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NewSchools Venture Fund’s Diverse Leaders Program Supports Education Pioneers Fellows

One of the most exciting (and fastest-growing) leadership programs at Education Pioneers is our Visiting Fellowship, which allows non-instructional leaders in education to participate in our intense, 10 weeks of programming along with a cohort of EP Fellows. Late last year, we received a grant from NewSchools Venture Fund to increase the number of our Visiting Fellows as part of their Diverse Leaders program. NewSchools is working to close the racial/ethnic demographic gap between leaders of education and the students they serve, partly by building strong talent pipelines so Black and Latino...

Celebrating Pride Month: What We’re Chattering

At EP, our team is spread across the country. One of the tools we use to connect to each other daily is Salesforce Chatter. There, we give updates on our work, ask questions of each other, and share what we’re reading. This June, to honor and celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we at EP were excited to share Pride versions of our EP logo with our network and on our social media channels. And the day before we planned to share them, the mass shooting happened at the gay club the Pulse in Orlando , and 49 innocent people were murdered. After the shooting, we came together as an organization, led by EP’...
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#ProudPioneers: 2016 Education Pioneers Alumni Survey Results

We’re thrilled to explain some changes to how we survey our Alumni network and share some key insights we learned from our Pioneers this year: Streamlining our survey process for Pioneers. We heard from a lot of EP Alumni that we sometimes ask Alumni too many questions, too frequently, and without always sharing our findings in a timely or complete manner. In response, EP administered a new version of our Alumni Survey, which narrowed our list of survey items to the nine of the most essential “need to know” pieces of information. We are also randomly sampled our Alumni using a...

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