In the Company of the Inspired

This post originally appeared on Medium on May 7 . The little ones crawled over me with eyes innocently wide, unable to hold back their gasps. “Not Norman!” they echoed. Not Norman! I looked up from the pages of the children’s book in my hand, stepping out of body for a moment to appreciate the absurd love of the situation. 15 toddlers were baring their souls in the way only small children can. They held back nothing in their love for me, a stranger in their classroom, as they tugged on my beard and strained to get a better look at the pictures on the page. I looked to the Head Start teachers...

What Does It Mean To Be An Agent of Change?

Agents of Change is a beloved tradition among EP Alums. They gather to reconnect, hear from transformational leaders in education, and leave feeling inspired and renewed to be agents of change. In Chicago, the EP Chicago Alumni Board has amplified this annual event to celebrate the impact of our most EPic Chicago Alumni and EP Chicago’s work to drive improved educational outcomes for students. This event is open to all and happening on Friday, June 14, 2019. Save the date and join us! As a middle school teacher for fifteen years I'd often tell my students that if we all worked on trying to...
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Bay Area Alumni and Champions Celebrate Scott Morgan

It started with an idea fueled by passion and people. Fifteen years later, Scott's vision of Education Pioneers continues to catalyze a network of thousands of Fellows, Alumni, Partners, and champions to make the education sector more equitable through leadership. Alumni and champions in the Bay Area gathered to thank Scott for 15 years of leadership and impact . (L - R: Brendan Cullen - early EP staff member; Gale Mondry - Chair of EP's Board of Directors; Melissa Wu - CEO of EP; Scott Morgan - Founder of EP; Doran Morgan, Scott's wife; Alexandra Bernadotte - EP Alumna, 2007; Jeff Kang - EP...

Celebrating the Trailblazing Spirit of EP Alumni for Women’s History Month

At Education Pioneers we invest in leaders 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. For Women’s History Month, we celebrate EP Alumni who are trailblazers in education – with a focus on Alumni who are entrepreneurs and/or pioneers. These are only a few of the inspirational women who have been a part of our program. Check out more of our EP Alums on our Meet Our Pioneers page. Brenda Darden Wilkerson (2015) CEO and President, AnitaB.org From...

Five Strategies for Advancing Racial Equity in Public Education

Guest blogging today is Sam O’Bryant , an EP Alum who currently serves as the Senior Director for Equity & Partnerships at SchoolSeed Foundation in Memphis. Sam is a graduate of Alcorn State University and an advocate of historically Black colleges and universities. Sam is a husband, a dad, and a graduate student. When I began working in Memphis in 2012 at Memphis City Schools Foundation, I arrived during the halfway point of a major investment in teacher effectiveness. The work was worthy and victories were won, and the long-term focus was on making teachers the absolute best they could...