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Rick Hess Talks Cage-Busting Education Leadership

In April, Education Pioneers co-hosted a reception and presentation featuring American Enterprise Institute's Frederick Hess, in conversation about his book, Cage-Busting Leadership . The event was held in partnership with Teach Plus, The Rennie Center, and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE). According to Rick Hess, education leaders need to stop trying to roll a boulder up a mountain. In front of an audience of more than 100 attendees, Hess drew a parallel between education reformers and the mythical Sisyphus, a king who must perpetually roll a boulder up a mountain only to...

Analyst Fellows Convene to Discuss Growth and Scale in Education

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As part of the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship experience, Fellows come together for a series of five convenings to discuss their experiences, share ideas and insights and learn more about the work of other Fellows and Partners. During the third Analyst Fellowship convening for the Western region, Fellows organized a panel session to dig into the internal and external issues education organizations face in regards to growth. Three of our valuable Partners helped facilitate the discussion: Tracy Hanna, Director of Growth at KIPP Bay Area Schools Jonathan Schorr, Partner at NewSchools...
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Michelle Rhee, Founder & CEO of StudentsFirst, Talks Ed Leadership with EP Analyst Fellows

The former Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools discusses her approach to managing a school system with over 45,000 students. Not long after Michelle Rhee settled into her post at the helm of D.C. Public Schools in 2007 she was forced to close down 23 schools. This decision put Rhee in the middle of one of the biggest education reform controversies of the decade and forced her to rethink everything she thought she knew about education leadership. In a recent talk with Education Pioneers Analyst Fellows, Rhee shared her lessons learned and offered advice for the Fellows, who have recently begun...
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Education Leaders and Education Pioneers Analyst Fellows Gather to Discuss the Future of Our Schools

In early October, some of the nation's top education leaders and analysts gathered to discuss a brighter future for America's students at Education Pioneers' first National Analyst Fellowship Convening. Education Pioneers' first National Analyst Fellowship Convening brought together 61 Analyst Fellows, an impressive group of education leaders from diverse organizations, and keynote speakers, all focused on closing the achievement gap in America's education system and finding the best ways to use data in schools. The Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship places top talent with analytical...

Be Personal, Be Passionate, Dare Greatly: 3 Themes from the 2013 Analyst Fellowship National Convening

This November, I attended the Analyst Fellowship National Convening in San Francisco, along with 84 of my peers, Education Pioneers staff, and guest speakers. The event included three days of enlightening keynote addresses, opportunities for networking and professional development, informal interactions between Fellows, and even an improv session - but more on that later. I took away so much from this experience, but three main themes emerged for me throughout: working in education is personal; passion is palpable; and "daring greatly" is welcome. 1. Working in Education is Personal Everyone...

EP Celebrates First-Generation College Students

Increasing the number of diverse leaders in education, and especially first generation college-goers, has always been a key priority at Education Pioneers. Of the more than 2,000 Alumni in our network, nearly 20% are the first in their family with a bachelor's degree. To celebrate these leaders, and to help inspire the next generation, EP is excited to support a new campaign: Proof Point Day.