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 develop 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: 83% 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 develop more diverse,...

The Most Effective Superintendents Lead AND Learn

I’m proud to live in Denver – a city that values the importance of leadership. Last Thursday, I joined the Quarterly Forum’s holiday party to celebrate Colorado’s best emerging community leaders. Members of this organization recognize that to create great communities and schools, leadership matters. And learning matters equally. We have another example of leadership in Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg, whose next few years in the superintendent seat — which are likely to be his last — may result in a legacy defined by learning as much as it is by leading. Here’s why: Denver Public Schools (...

Creating Communities of Excellence: Q&A with Derwin Sisnett

Derwin Sisnett asks big questions: How can we create a whole community of excellence? And how do you anchor communities with high-performing schools? In his work as Founder and Managing Partner of Maslow Development Inc. and Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of Gestalt Community Schools, Derwin seeks to answer those questions by harnessing the power of “wraparound” services—as well as wraparound infrastructure. To share the ideas from his work in Memphis around the country and help others do this kind of work, Derwin will be a panelist at the #EP2016 National Conference , where he’ll talk about “...

How to Use Togetherness to Manage Up, Down, and Sideways

Summer’s almost over. Whether you’re preparing for a new academic year or a new fiscal year, here are some tools to help you set your priorities and stay focused on them all year long. Because no matter your role or organization, it can be all too easy to get swept up in the busyness of doing without really spending your time on creating and planning for the things that matter most. Here are a few ways and resources to help you stay (or get!) Together from the start: 1| Create a Priority Plan. A Priority Plan is a short, simple, and sharable three-month view of your highest leverage actions...

Why Our Work Needs Great Love

Photo Credit: BMOREtoned.com There have been plenty of nights where we have come home from work questioning why we do this work in education, or how long it might be sustainable. The fast tempo of our days pushes that question to the back of our minds. But when we have space to ponder the answer to this question, it is this: We do this work for children – with a goal to inspire their lifelong learning and self-improvement. We choose to work for our kids because we know they need us, especially those within our communities of color. Our experiences as both people of color and world travelers...

Have a Heart: Learning to Lead the Way as a New Manager

From our very first job, managers are a constant presence. The good ones can often help chart our professional course. We look to them for guidance and structure, even empowerment. In fact, managers--and our relationships with them--can set the tone for our work lives in a major way and influence the managers we become ourselves. Good management is crucial in any sector. (Some argue that “ people leave managers, not companies .”) Education is no exception. How employees spend their time can directly affect students and teachers, or work on their behalf--high stakes work. Accountability,...

Stepping Up to the Plate: Dialogues for All

Editor’s Note: In May, Ivan Rahman wrote “ How to Engage School Staff in Dialogues in Race in Class ” about his work to jump-start conversations about race, class, and privilege in the school where he worked. In this piece, Ivan reflects on that experience, what he learned, and why talking about race, class, and privilege is a necessity for all of us working in education.' Last week, I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. The week before, I went to Key Food. The difference in demographics at both places was stark. Trader Joe’s customers were predominantly white; Key Food’s, mostly black and...

Stop Talking about Strategy and Start Working More Strategically

Does the word “strategic” get thrown around a lot in your conversations at work? Strategic planning. Strategic communications. Strategic thinking. We use “strategic” a lot. But what does it mean, really? Turns out, being strategic has everything to do with getting your nose out of your inbox, and instead looking at your work—and your organization’s work and goals—from a big-picture perspective. Then, you can see where you should be spending your time to make the biggest impact, instead of just spinning your wheels. “ Strategic people create connections between ideas, plans, and people that...

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