Committed to Leading Change in Education? Start in Kansas City

As passionate and capable education change agents, we face a tough decision: where should we work? Should you go where you’re most familiar or comfortable? Or should you go to the place that needs you ? For those of us who want to make change in education, we should push ourselves to those places that need us most. Coincidentally, these are also the places which are likely to welcome our contributions the most. In 2016, I took a leap of faith to work in a place that was calling me: Kansas City, MO. There, as an Education Pioneers Fellow, I worked with the Kansas City Public School District ,...

Changing the World and Having a Hell of a Good Time in New Orleans

In this Q&A, EP Alumnus Josh McCarty, Managing Director of Communications at New Schools for New Orleans , talks about the moments of joy in his work, the city’s unrelenting focus on continuous improvement, and why the Crescent City just might be the right place for you if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and be a part of a highly adaptive and responsive education system (and enjoy a little jazz on the side). What made you decide to apply to EP and become a Fellow? I went to business school uninterested in becoming a “business person.” I was looking to continue working in education (...

Impact in Memphis: A Fellowship Capstone Project to Support High School Preparation

In 2015, nine Education Pioneers Fellows began learning about and working in the education community of Shelby County, TN (which includes Memphis), through their Fellowship placement at Seeding Success . Together, they also conceived of, launched, and evaluated a project to expand their impact in Memphis, and this post is their story of that work. Here in Shelby County, TN, we are humbled by the tremendous work being done in the community to bring about equity for children, and we have been glad to play a small part in that important work. In addition to our EP Fellowship placements...

Education Pioneers Alumni Help Bring School Choice to Washington, DC

Just a few years ago, parents in Washington, DC faced a complex and confusing process to find the right public schools for their children. Parents had to navigate 54 different application deadlines, according to Education Pioneers Alumna Maura Marino ( left, EP Fellow 2007) . For instance, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) operated a lottery for out-of-boundary schools and a separate lottery for selective high schools. Each DC charter network also had its own application and lottery, and many operated on different timelines. “We knew it wasn’t enough just to help create more good...

Taking the Leap to Kansas City

I remember distinctly the moment when I saw that I’d been assigned to an Education Pioneers Fellowship project in Kansas City . Honestly, I had mixed feelings. The project was exactly what I wanted, but I was also apprehensive about spending my summer in Kansas City (KC). In retrospect, I was about to embark on some of the most inspiring work I’d ever done, but I didn’t know it at that time. On June 1, I landed in KC with a lot of doubts. I didn’t know a single soul in the city or where I was going to live. Fortunately, I had a colleague at PREP-KC , a nonprofit organization where I would be...

3 Reasons Why You Should Take the Leap and Apply to the EP Fellowship

As an EP Fellow, I had an incredibly transformational experience. Choosing the EP Fellowship was the right choice because it gave me a chance to turn my firmly-held beliefs about fairness and opportunity into a career. If you’re considering taking the leap -- and considering a new city to make an impact -- here’s why I think you should.

Vote EPic and Help Recognize Remarkable Education Leaders

What a great day. Today, Education Pioneers announced 27 remarkable Education Pioneers Alumni who are being considered for EPic Alumni and the Scott Morgan Award recognition -- including $15,000 in awards to advance their leadership or their organization. Like so many of the 3,000+ Pioneers in our network, these leaders work every day to change outcomes and opportunities for underserved students, and to bring equity to public education. We’re thrilled to introduce them to you and to showcase their work. And today, we opened public review of and voting for our 27 EPic candidates ! Between now...

How to Engage School Staff in Dialogues on Race and Class

EP Fellow Ivan Rahman writes, "It seems to me that we habitually let the urgency of our work—of lesson planning, grading, teaching, strategizing, and so on—harbor us from delving into critical big-picture discussions. I’m talking about the kind of discussions that force us to pause and reflect on the systemic variables that shape the lives of the youth we serve."

Teachers are not Analysts: Re-Thinking our Expectations of the Data-Focused Teacher Generation

It would be unreasonable to ask our doctor to fix our leaking faucet, or to expect our accountant to settle our legal disputes. We don’t because doctors, lawyers, and accountants are experts in their respective fields, and the idea of asking them to be something that they are not is ludicrous. The same logic applies to those in the education profession.

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