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In a story about the importance of teaching students perseverance and "grit," NPR's All Things Considered featured Mindset Works, co-founded and led by 2006 Bay Area Alumnus Eduardo Briceño.

EP Alumnus Kent McKeever (Texas 2010) sent a powerful message earlier this year by wearing an orange prison jumpsuit for the entire period of Lent. 

As Kent explained:

"My heart continues to break over and over again at the devastation caused by our War on Drugs and mass incarceration system and 'tough on crime' attitude and policy... [T]he countless other ways our world locks up the poor and marginalized... compels me to do something visible to bring attention to the issues and especially to the plight of chains of our own making. Talking about it isn't enough."

The Pahara Institute announced its first cohort of NextGen Network leaders: 25 "exceptional mid-career professionals" from around the country "who have the potential to strengthen and shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement."

The cohort includes Celia Garcia Alvarado, EP's Western Region Acting Executive Director; Christine DeLeon, former EP team member and founder of the Analyst Fellowship; and three Graduate School Fellowship Alumni: Russell Altenburg and Amber Banks (Bay Area, 2012) and Erica Williamson (New York, 2008).

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EP Alumni Speak at SXSWedu

Alumni speakers at this year's SXSWedu conference in Austin included Eduardo Briceño (2006), co-founder & CEO of Mindset Works; Suzanne Anthony (2008), director of network support at Teach For All; Jason Lange (2009), co-founder and CEO of BloomBoard; Ben Bhatti (2007), producer of Educaution; and David Yeager (2008), assistant professor of psychology at UT Austin.

Fast Company named Beyond 12, founded by 2007 EP Alumna Alexandra Bernadotte, to its 2014 list of The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.

Beyond 12 received the honor "For stepping up to make sure every student gets a chance at higher ed. While almost everyone agrees that some form of postsecondary education is crucial, less than 10% of students from lower-income families obtain a college degree-compared with nearly 75% of middle- and upper-income kids. However, neither high schools nor colleges seem to be able to focus on exactly when and how lower-income students slip through the cracks. The San Francisco-based nonprofit Beyond 12 offers an online tool that helps high schools track what happens to their students once they doff their mortarboards, while also providing colleges a tool to help retain vulnerable students who are trying to beat the odds."

In his latest blog for The Huffington Post, EP Founder & CEO Scott Morgan argues why transforming K-12 education will require top leadership talent at every level of our school systems.

As Scott writes:

In many industries, relentlessly pursuing top talent for leadership positions... is the norm. Consider Mark Zuckerberg's recruitment of COO Sheryl Sandberg to Facebook, the Boston Red Sox' (unsuccessful) efforts to hire General Manager Billy Beane from the Oakland A's, or Steve Jobs' legendary pitch to persuade PepsiCo President John Sculley to become Apple's CEO ("Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?").

Where this talent mindset is harder to find - and where we need it most - is in the U.S. K-12 public education sector, a $600 billion industry with more than 3 million teachers, the second largest workforce in the country. Until recently, relatively little emphasis has been placed on the vital role that great leaders and managers working outside of the classroom can play in supporting the work of teachers to provide an excellent education for students.

In this video, The Ross School of Business interviews Education Pioneers' Founder and CEO Scott Morgan and highlights EP's experience as the subject of the 2013 University of Michigan Social Impact Challenge.

As Scott explained:

"We have a big, bold vision to build our national network so that it's 10,000 strong by our 20th anniversary in 2023, and we're trying to figure out the best way to do that... in a high-quality way. At the same time... we want to build the talent pipeline for underserved communities that need great talent, including cities like Detroit. The opportunity to tap into the great thinking of the graduate students that participated in the Social Impact Challenge was an incredibly attractive opportunity for us."

Harvard Business School, the Boston Consulting Group, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a new report in which they cited EP's success – along with our partner, the Strategic Data Project – in funneling "hundreds of highly skilled data analysts into districts and state agencies to enable a culture of data-driven decision making."

This Forbes profile tells the story of Kinvolved, a Brooklyn based social enterprise tech startup that provides teachers with software to help them "keep track of students' tardiness and attendance records, contact parents instantly, and decide on the best ways to intervene."

Kinvolved was co-founded by Alex Meis and Miriam Altman, both Alumni of the 2012 Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship in New York.

A 2009 Alumnus of the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship, Buher is now Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education, where he is in charge of a $25 billion budget serving 1.1 million students, by far the largest of any school system in America.