A Q & A with EP Alum Bakari Ukuu: Why Kansas City is Full of Opportunity for Passionate People Willing to Roll Up Their Sleeves

Bakari Ukuu moved to Kansas City as a Teach For America corps member in 2012. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma (and is very excited to hear EP is expanding there in 2018 ), but found his place in Kansas City and decided to put down roots. While an instructional coach, Ukuu joined Education Pioneers and worked in the Kansas City Public Schools in the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development department where he helped embed social justice standards and develop culturally-responsive curriculum, while also delivering districtwide professional development. We talked to Bakari, now...
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Resources to Find Out What's Happening in the Education Sector

Last week I shared some national education resources but what if you’re excited about opportunities in a specific locations and want to start your local homework now? Here are some local Education Pioneers directors’ takes on their favorite and most informative educational news sources that help them stay on top of trends and discussions within their communities.
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Looking to Build a Strong Foundation of Education Knowledge?

You’re inspired, you’re passionate, you’ve just received your invitation for an in-depth interview and you’re ready to sell your experience about why you’re going to make an exceptional Fellow, but… BUT you’re not really sure why Betsy DeVos was a controversial choice for Secretary of Education, the argument between charter school vs traditional public school vs school vouchers alludes you, and you once thought Common Core was a pilates ab workout.

Book Challenge: Five Must Reads for Fall

Working in education, especially for an organization whose mission is to help black and brown, low-income students, it’s key to educate myself on the systems that perpetuate our students’ circumstances. This is where books on these specific topics can be used as professional and personal development. From systemic issues in education to social justice to white privilege -- these topics affect the U.S. education system and the students we serve. To understand them and how we can dismantle them is the first step to change. As a young professional, books like Ta Nehisi Coates’ Between the World...

Accelerator Cities: Four Places to Support Equity and Boost Your Career Like Nowhere Else

If you want to create equity and effect meaningful change in public education, take civil rights leader Bryan Stevenson’s advice : Get proximate . Get close to people and communities – and stay close. There are four particularly important and unique cities to get proximate and make your mark: New Orleans , Memphis , Kansas City , and Tulsa . At EP, we call them “accelerator cities.” NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS KANSAS CITY TULSA Accelerator cities are high priority sites that have a particularly high demand for talented leaders. Th ey hold unique opportunities to impact education and advance your...

EP and American Institutes for Research: Extraordinary Change Requires Extraordinary People

EP teamed up with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to determine if we are meeting our mission to recruit, connect, and advance more diverse, transformative leaders into the education sector. AIR also examined how EP Fellows and Alumni persist in the education sector as they grow their careers. In September 2017, AIR reported on their findings in “Education Pioneers’ Fellow and Alumni Demographics and Mobility Analysis.” AIR’s research found that EP Fellows are highly educated: 81% of Pioneers held or were pursuing a doctorate in education, a juris doctorate or a master’s degree at...

Education Pioneers Teams with the American Institutes for Research to Examine our Impact on the Education Sector

To address the structural inequities that perpetuate the opportunity gap and affect low-income students and students of color, Education Pioneers is building a network of leaders and partners in education who can reimagine systems of schools nationwide. As Education Pioneers (EP) has been building a leadership movement to transform public education for nearly 15 years, EP recently teamed with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to examine our impact in the K-12 public education sector. We wanted to know: Is EP meeting our mission to recruit, connect, and advance more diverse,...

Education Pioneers Stands with Dreamers

Photo by Aaron Burson on Unsplash Education Pioneers stands with the 800,000 Dreamers and is saddened by the President’s decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. EP recruits, develops, and connects professionals from diverse backgrounds with education roles to solve problems from outside of the classroom so ALL students and teachers succeed inside of the classroom. We pride ourselves on our core values — among them diversity, equity, and inclusion, people-focus, and optimism. The decision to rescind DACA runs counter to our values, our mission, and the world...

Charlottesville: Sharing Resources and Reflections

Dear EP Fellows, Alumni, and Friends, The brazen acts of hatred, bigotry, and violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville last weekend disgusted me personally, and were a horrific reminder of how much work we must do to break down the systems and structures in our nation that perpetuate inequality, inequity, and racism. Education Pioneers, and each of us individually, has a role to play in actively dismantling institutional and structural racism. As an organization, our mission is to recruit and develop a diverse network of exceptional leaders who work to build systems of great schools...
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