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In this Q&A with Rocketship Education, Ryan Romaneski, Education Pioneers' current Director of Partner Strategy and a 2013 Alumnus of the Graduate School Fellowship, shares his thoughts on EP partnerships, leadership, and the keys to attracting our nation's best and brightest to careers in education.

As Ryan tells Rocketship, "If an organization has a talent mindset and is getting it done for kids, we want to partner with them."

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An MBA Gets Schooled

Stephanie Ang (GSF DC Metro Area 2014) reflects on lessons learned during her summer as an EP Fellow with Charter Board Partners, highlighting four takeaways from her first foray into the education sector.
EP Alumna Paris Woods (GSF Bay Area 2012) serves as the Director of Alumni Support at Cohen College Prep, helping New Orleans students navigate the college admission and financial aid process. Her impactful work relies on strong relationships with students and families in the Cohen community. "The idea was for me to come in early and build relationships with students because it's hard to get someone to respond to someone they view as a stranger," commented Woods.
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Coming to Terms About Mentorship


Fellow Vivy Chao (GSF Los Angeles 2014) came to Education Pioneers looking for a mentor and left as a member of EP's extensive network of education leaders, where she "finally learned what mentorship was all about."

EP Fellow Kat O'Neil (GSF Bay Area 2014) shares her fellowship experience, discussing the importance of bringing business and leadership skills to the education sector.

"In my work this summer, I am continually inspired and motivated by the individuals in Oakland working tirelessly to improve education for their students, which is by no means an easy task, but a critical one nonetheless."

Organization selects and places over 430 diverse emerging leaders to provide critical capacity to districts, charter schools, and education nonprofits

Oakland, Calif.- Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that is fueling the transformation of U.S. public education by bringing 10,000 exceptional leaders into the sector by 2023 to accelerate systemic change for all students, announced today that it has grown its flagship education leadership program by over 25 percent and expanded to Denver.

Over 430 diverse emerging leaders, selected from an applicant pool of over 3,800, are participating in Education Pioneers' 2014 Graduate School Fellowship, a career and leadership development program. Fellows work outside the classroom in nearly 200 education organizations nationwide - including districts, charter schools, local and state education agencies, and education nonprofits - provide mission-critical capacity, and participate in robust professional development workshops. This year, Education Pioneers expanded to Denver, and 13 Fellows are working with nine education organizations there, including Denver Public Schools, DSST Public Schools, and Generation Schools.


Getting Smart identifies Washington D.C. as hotbed for "experiments, excitement, progress and change" in the education sector, thanks in part to EP's 68 Fellows currently working with 35 partner organizations in the D.C. Metro Area. There are an additional 200+ Alumni in the region, 70% of whom are currently working in education. 

2014 Fellow Vanessa Monterosa blogs about her EP experience in Los Angeles and "falling" for the K-12 education sector. 

As Vanessa writes: "This opportunity has been amazing thus far, because it has tapped into all the things I love – education, technology, and community."

EP Alumnus Christopher N. Ruszkowski (Bay Area, 2010) spoke with us about the journey that led him from classroom teaching, to an Education Pioneers Fellowship with the San Francisco Unified School District, and now to the Delaware Department of Education, where he serves as the Chief Officer of the Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Unit.

In his role, Christopher leads a team of 25 and oversees the unit's $30 million Race to the Top budget to measure how Delaware districts' individual plans are improving student achievement.

California is now the first state to implement specific funding, support, and accountability for foster children in public schools. EP Alumnus Jesse Hanhel (Bay Area, 2007) works on the front line of the new initiative as founder and director of FosterEd, advocating for foster youth in spaces where their voices are seldom heard. "Foster children are our children. We have a collective responsibility to ensure they thrive in school."