One year ago: #EP2016

Exactly one year ago, more than 400 education leaders and change makers came together in San Francisco for a truly inspiring event: the 2016 Education Pioneers Conference. The wealth of knowledge joining us at the conference was palpable. From our keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, the Founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, or our Black Men in Education pane l where panelists tackled the realities of the low percentage of black men in the classroom and in the education sector as a whole -- we encouraged courageous, and sometimes tough, conversations. Now as we come upon its...

What We’re Chattering: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Julienne Devita / American Word Magazine 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. As a community, we at Education Pioneers celebrate and work together to stay educated and engaged in regards to our different cultures and identities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is not only one of our core values; it guides us in how we foster and develop our relationships with one another. Over the past month, we’ve celebrated...

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 advance 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: 81% 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 advance 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...

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