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Oakland, Calif.-A new report finds that the education field is a rewarding place for America's top talent, including young people and professionals of color.

According to The Invisible Lever: A Profile of Leadership and Management Talent in Education, bright managers (many with backgrounds and professional degrees outside of education, such as business, finance, law and technology) who have worked in the education field view the nearly $600-billion sector as a worthwhile, fulfilling place to apply their knowledge and skills.

The report--which is based on a survey of 1,300 professionals who entered a broad range of education leadership jobs beyond the school building--finds that many education organizations, including school districts and charter management organizations, are willing to offer significant management opportunities to young leaders that are on par with, and often exceed, those in the private sector. The report was made possible with support from MetLife Foundation.

EdTech Digest, an organization that "celebrates all the latest gadgets, gizmos and new technologies moving education forward," celebrates the arrival of the Activate ED Rockstars:

"Meet education's rock stars! Check out a new video series from Activate ED featuring some of the brightest minds in the field. The Activate ED campaign is a collaboration of The Broad Center, Education Pioneers, and the Strategic Data Project - leading organizations that all have missions to transform education by supplying top leaders, managers, and analysts to the field. Education is among the most critical issues facing our nation today, and it's an exciting time to advance the important work of millions of teachers and school leaders. Bringing school systems together with the right talent and the right tools, Activate ED calls for us to focus on what matters most: providing all students with a world-class education. Learn more about Activate ED and their mission to bring top talent into education. Also learn more about the member organizations that make up Activate ED. Also, you might try the Activate ED quiz."

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) congratulates five students who received 2013 Graduate School Fellowships.

Getting Smart covers the release of Activate ED's second Education Rockstar, Betsy Corcoran, founder and CEO of EdSurge.

Corcoran, a long time journalist for publications such as Scientific AmericaWashington Post and Forbes eventually landed her focus on educational technology. "There's not a bigger, better or more fascinating challenge right now than figuring out how people learn," Corcoran says. "How do you build tools that really correspond to the needs of the teachers and students?"

In addition to the video, Activate ED provides another extensive toolkit, complete with five great articles to which Betsy looks to help build the relationship between the people in the classroom and the people building the technology. The "must-read" list collected by Betsy and her colleagues explains a little bit of the history, defines some of the edtech players, and talks about pedagogy and what learning really means.

The Bridgeport News reports on EP's recent launch in Connecticut, which received a warm welcome from Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

In the first installment of Activate Ed's ten-part Education’s Rock Stars video series, Getting Smart's Tom Vander Ark highlights five ways he continues to learn:

  1. I scan a couple dozen blogs to learn, starting with EdWeek, but diverging from there into technology, finance, and economics (with NPR in the background).

  2. I visit schools to learn. Field trips are the only way to get the full picture—and they can be life changing.

  3. I blog to learn. Every week someone asks me a question I don’t have a good answer for. I make it a blog assignment and open a doc and start taking notes. It helps articulate my thinking, it prompts research, it focuses my learning.

  4. I make a plan to learn. The eight Digital Learning Now SmartSeries papers were partly a result of my interest in outlining the big questions of our time and working through them with a smart team. Every month we take on a new topic and it results in research, writing, and discussion of the formative issues of our time.

  5. I launch explorations to learn. I’ve been writing about a different city every week for eight months to learn about innovation diffusion. The Smart Cities series is beginning to yield some lessons.

National nonprofit will partner with local schools, districts, and education nonprofits to ensure they have critical leadership and management talent

Bridgeport, CT - Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit with a network of education leaders, managers, and analysts, today announced that 12 Fellows will begin this summer in the city of Bridgeport. The inaugural group of Connecticut Fellows will participate in the organization's Graduate School Fellowship, an intensive 10-week summer or yearlong program that recruits emerging professionals from diverse fields to manage initiatives for partner education organizations.

In this profile from Education Week, EP Alumnus Brian Pick (DC, 2007) – recently promoted to Chief of Teaching and Learning at DC Public Schools – discusses how early visits to schools in high-poverty neighborhoods motivated him to pursue a career in education leadership.

In this EP original Q&A, 2009 EP Alumnus Andrew Buher, recently named Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education, discusses his journey – both personal and professional – to one of the top executive positions of the nation's largest school district.

In this feature story on their "Marketplace K-12" blog, Education Week explores how the boom in applications to EP Fellowships can benefit innovations in education technology.