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When Rachel Faust accepted a last-minute invitation to travel to LA to attend a taping of a daily talk show, she figured her trip would consist of just that: watching the show as a member of the live studio audience. Moments before the episode began recording, she learned she would be featured on it.

Read about Rachel's adventure in daytime television and learn more about what motivates her now as as an EP Graduate School Fellow in New York City. 

Education News highlights Scott Morgan's post from last week's Huffington Post about The Invisible Lever:

"The findings of the report include a severe shortage of experienced managerial talent needed to address large problems facing American schools today. In addition, the educational sector offers an unprecedented set of opportunities for qualified minority candidates and those with solid private sector experience. Among the desirable attributes for holding a managerial position in the education sector are business know-how, ability to think analytically and to be able to make policy decisions based on student performance data."

In his latest Huffington Post blog, Scott Morgan tells the story of Kristin Groos Richmond, a former investment banker who went on to co-found Revolution Foods. Determined to transform how American kids eat at school, Revolution Foods has already served more than 50 million healthy meals since its founding in 2005. This year it is serving one million healthy meals a week to students in almost 1,000 schools across the country.

An Education Pioneers Alumna, Kristin serves as the organization's CEO, and has overseen the company's rapid growth throughout northern and southern California, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana and Texas.

As Scott Writes:

"At Education Pioneers, we invest in leaders like Kristin, an alumna, because they embody our organization's founding belief that talented leaders and managers can scale successful solutions for the education sector to impact millions of children nationwide."

Scott proceeds to share highlights from The Invisible Lever: A Profile of Leadership and Management Talent in Education. Released today, The Invisible Lever reveals three key findings from a survey sent to EP's more than 1600 alumni:

  • Finding 1: A new wave of managers and leaders is stepping forward to address the significant need for skilled managerial talent in public education – but many more are still needed.

  • Finding 2: Although running excellent school systems and education organizations is incredibly challenging, the sector offers significant management opportunities in general and for leaders of color.

  • Finding 3: More than ever, education leaders and managers must have sharp analytical skills so they can work effectively with both business and student outcomes data to make important strategic, operational and instructional decisions.

Education Week discusses The Invisible Lever on their K-12 Talent Manager blog, putting a particular emphasis on the report's third key finding that "education leaders and managers must have sharp analytical skills, so they can work effectively with both business and student outcomes data to make important strategic, operational, and instructional decisions."

Here's what EdWeek reporter Emily Douglas wrote about the finding:

"As a K-12 talent manager and data-nerd, the last finding was particularly interesting to me. The report notes that in the rise of 'Big Data' and sophistication of data systems in organizations, more than 55 percent of Education Pioneers' program alumni currently working in the education field hold an analytical role. More specifically, this group examines data around college readiness; teacher effectiveness; student achievement; finance; operations; human capital; and more."

EdMedia Commons reports on The Invisible Lever, emphasizing EP's finding that young professionals of color "are more likely to find leadership roles in the education sector than in consulting groups, law firms, corporations and other private sector employers."

School CIO, an organization dedicated to providing "high-quality ideas, strategies, and resources for senior-level technology leaders in K-12 school districts," reports on EP's new report, The Invisible Lever: A Profile of Leadership and Management Talent in Education.

As they write, citing the reports key findings:

 "Young education leaders are twice as likely to have high-level management responsibility (managing managers or entire functions, groups, or organizations) (23 percent vs. 12 percent). These trends-high rates of employment and significant management responsibility-also hold true for young leaders of color in education. Black and Latino leaders are four times as likely to manage a group as their peers in the private sector (20 percent vs. 4 percent)."

Citing findings from EP's new study, The Invisible Lever: A Profile of Leadership and Management Talent in Education, Education Week reports that "the public education sector is proving to be a highly sought-after career track for some top graduates of business, law, and technology programs, where they are more likely to take on high-level management responsibilities than if they'd gone to the private sector."

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.