No One Else Has Your Voice. How to Ensure it’s Heard.

Speaking up in education debates isn’t often easy (or warmly received)–even in writing. It also matters tremendously, especially for those who have voices that are too often underrepresented or ignored. And it turns out that the humble blog can be a critical vehicle to speak up and be heard. In today’s Q&A with Tanya Paperny, managing editor at Bellwether Education Partners, we dive into why blogging matters, why Bellwether hosts trainings for education bloggers, and how all of us writing about education can raise our games.
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Growing Next-Generation Leaders from Everywhere

College is a big experience, no matter who you are. But for students from low-income backgrounds, who are often also first-generation college goers, college can feel especially weighty—as it’s essential to launch and grow a successful career. Enter Braven, a nonprofit organization (founded by EP Board Member Aimée Eubanks Davis) that identifies next-generation leaders from underrepresented backgrounds and gives them a leg up on gaining skills and real-world experiences that will enable them to become influential leaders.
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Q&A with Chaka Booker, Managing Director, The Broad Residency in Urban Education

Q&A Chaka Booker The Broad Residency
Recently, The Broad Residency was granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Today, Chaka Booker, The Residency’s Managing Director, talks with EP on what accreditation means for his organization, what they look for in leaders, and why leadership matters in education.
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Kaya Henderson: DC Public Schools’ Unstoppable Leader

Sometimes it's about where you sit. At Education Pioneers' recent 10-Year Anniversary Leadership Summit and Celebration in San Francisco, I had the good luck to sit near DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson during the morning welcome. Even more serendipitous was that Education Pioneers' Founder and CEO Scott Morgan asked all 450 attendees to take a moment, find someone near us who we didn't know yet, introduce ourselves, and explain why we were there that day. I jumped at the chance to meet Chancellor Henderson. One of the main reasons that the Chancellor was there that day? Talent...
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Analyst Fellows Convene to Discuss Nashville Prep Charter School and School Choice

In late January, the Southern region Analyst Fellowship cohort convened in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss issues surrounding change management and innovative ideas in education. Several distinguished education professionals from the Nashville area met with the Fellows to discuss the space for innovation and change in education organizations nationwide. Among these guests was Ravi Gupta, the founding director of Nashville Prep Charter School and an up-and-coming leader on the national scene, recently named one of Forbes' Magazine's "30 Under 30" in Law and Policy. The Fellows had a chance to...
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Leadership and Models of Success Drive Education Reform in Newark

In Newark Public Schools, New Jersey’s largest school district, less than 54 percent of students graduate from high school. According to reports from Essex County College, a community college based in Newark, 98 percent of the Newark Public School students who graduate high school and enroll at Essex required remediation in math. The education system in Newark is clearly struggling. Despite these grim statistics, however, there is a renewed sense of hope and optimism for education bubbling in Newark. Education reform-minded leadership at every political level, in addition to promising...

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