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This Harvard Graduate School of Education blog post features 2013 EP Fellow Ryan Romaneski. 

Ryan said, "I will be completing an Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship with the Boston Public Schools. Following that, I would love to work as program director or project manager in one of the districts, charter management organizations, or nonprofits working at the forefront of the movement to redesign schools or transform learning through whole-district reform."

Allison Parker, an elementary teaching student in the Master of Science in Education program, won an Education Pioneers Fellowship for the upcoming summer. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners and build a national leadership network.

Parker will work for Teach for America on a project to increase the pass rates of corps members on teaching certification exams. "Members come in motivated to improve education, but we need to be sure that they are prepared to be the best teachers they can be and that they feel confident when they begin the school year," says Parker. She will be analyzing who is not passing, why they are not passing, and trying to figure out a way to help corps members prepare for the exams and be ready to enter the classroom.

"I connected with the mission of Education Pioneers immediately. They hope to make education the best-run sector in the US so that all students receive a high-quality education," Parker says. "When I heard about the opportunity to be a graduate fellow and help accomplish that mission by using my business experience to help solve a problem in education, it seemed like a perfect fit." Parker has six years of experience in marketing management, mainly with the publishing company Time Inc. in New York.

Peter Leonard, a master's student in the SESP Learning Sciences program, was awarded an Education Pioneers Fellowship. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners and build a national leadership network.

For his fellowship, Leonard will work with the Chicago New Teacher Center to develop professional development modules for new teachers in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Leonard says, "I applied for an Education Pioneers fellowship because it provided me an opportunity to do high-impact work in the education sector."

The mentoring modules that he will help to develop will be used in new teacher induction for Chicago Public Schools. "The resources will assist mentors in their work with new teachers, providing tools and strategies aligned with the CPS Framework for Teaching and the Common Core State Standards," he explains. "I am excited to help develop the talent and capabilities of Chicago's educators."

The Education Pioneers Fellowship Program provides high-achieving graduate students in business, education, law, public policy and other programs with an opportunity to make an impact with an education organization. Together with other fellows, Leonard will participate in professional development geared toward better understanding of key education issues and learning from leaders who are already making a difference in the field.

In this post for Global Skills X-Change, current Graduate School Fellow (yearlong placement) and GSX Director of Education Strategy, Walla Elsheikh writes about "link[ing] the world of work to the world of learning for K-16 education." As she writes, Career and Technical Education "is one of the key solutions to forge this link."

In this Challenge Detroit blog post, EP Alumna Brittany Sanders talks about her work as a business development specialist for Focus: HOPE, a nonprofit civil and human rights organization that unites a multicultural community in common efforts to overcome injustice and build racial harmony, and why her hometown of Detroit is exactly the place she wants to be.

In April, Education Pioneers co-hosted a reception and presentation featuring American Enterprise Institute's Frederick Hess, in conversation about his book, Cage-Busting Leadership. Read on to learn what he shared.

This article from The Economist features EP Alumna Kristin Groos Richmond, Co-Founder and CEO of Revolution Foods. Revolution Foods serves 1 million healthy school meals a week to nearly 1,000 schools across the country.

Biting commentary: A new company is trying to make school meals healthier

The day a girl fainted from hunger was the final straw for Emmanuel George, the principal of Democracy Prep charter school in Harlem. She had refused to eat the "nasty food" served at his school. Her distaste was shared widely: many went hungry, and those who did eat mostly chose junk food. So in January Mr George switched to a supplier of healthy lunches called Revolution Foods. Since then the proportion of children choosing to accept free meals has gone from less than half to over 85%. Visits to the school nurse plummeted, and complaints of stomach-ache and headaches have almost vanished. Teachers say everyone works better in the afternoons.  

In this Twitter Q&A with Education Pioneers, Rocketship Education talks about partnering with EP and how EP Fellows are advancing their organization's important work on behalf of their Rocketeers.

Education nonprofit opens New Orleans office

By Kari Dequine Harden

New Orleans bureau

April 30, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - An Oakland, Calif., education nonprofit organization with a focus on recruiting and training management-level educators recently announced the opening of an office in New Orleans.

Education Pioneers plans on training 80 new education leaders, managers and analysts by 2015, starting with a group of 15 new recruits in June.

The group was founded in 2003 and has offices in seven other cities.

John Troy, regional director for Education Pioneers, said that the leaders outside the classroom "support the great work the teachers do each and every day."

Troy called public education a "major ecosystem complex" and said the positions for which candidates are recruited nationally range from finance directors and curriculum designers to people opening new charter schools and others working to ensure that state and national-level policies are working on a local level.

In this guest blog post for Rick Hess' "Straight Up" blog on Education Week, Education Pioneers President Frances McLaughlin asks some tough questions about "cage-busting" leadership and the importance of network performance to advance transformative change for all students.