When I was a law student in the late 1990s and trying to launch my career, I became acutely aware of gaping holes in my network. As I sought to bring the legal skills I was developing to the complex realm of K-12 education, it mattered tremendously.
Feedback gets a good rap. We know we’re supposed to give it, and it’s claimed to be a ticket to becoming a great manager. At EP, we celebrate “saying the thing” as an important mantra that gives us responsibility to speak candidly because we believe feedback is critical to advancing our work. But to me, saying the thing is only half the equation. What happens after?
Need a rock star on your team? Someone with a particular background, skills, or experiences? Someone who can tackle your mission-critical work or move it forward in a way that you can’t right now? And wouldn’t it be nice if he or she loved burrito Tuesdays, bagel Fridays, or whatever your organization’s specific brand of fun is? Brutal truth: Get in line.
Budgets can feel like barriers. Especially in education where money is extremely tight—and many budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to find savings and use the dollars you have strategically to hire smartly, achieve your goals, and reach your organization’s mission.
At Education Pioneers, we prioritize talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout the year. DEI is one of our core values and a primary category of our blog. DEI is the work we do, the experiences we have, the organization we want to be, and the world we want to live in. It isn’t just our core mission—DEI is personal, challenging, and institutional. One aspect of DEI is for all of us to have a rich understanding of our national history, and especially black history which is too often overlooked, marginalized, or relegated to only being discussed in February.
Ah, summer. Those glorious months of free time unbelievably hard work for education organizations to get ready for the upcoming school year. Ensuring your schools and offices are fully staffed. Teacher preparation and development. School operations planning, expansion, and growth. And much more. So how do you make the most of the summer to ensure you and your team will be unstoppable in the school year? Three ways to start:
Ever heard “it’s cheaper to keep a current customer than to acquire a new one”? Well, the same is true for employees. Losing one of your team members can cost you an estimated 90% to 200% of their annual salary. If you want to keep your best people on board, you have to invest in them with the 4 “Cs” of Employee Retention: Compensate, Commend, Challenge, and Career.
An EP colleague reminded our team recently that Monday’s holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. isn’t a day off. Instead, it’s a “day on” to serve in remembrance of the leadership and legacy of one of our nation’s greatest heroes. In the all-too-recent past, we’ve seen countless examples of racial and systemic injustice—the same kind of injustices that Dr. King spoke out against over 50 years ago. As Dr. King reminded us all then, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” We cannot be silent. In that spirit,...
There’s an important piece of our work that we’re not getting right as education leaders: our intentions to bring all voices to the table are falling flat, especially the critical voices and perspectives of leaders who reflect the racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities where we work. So in Boston, we put a plan in place to help others get started in building more powerful, diverse teams. Here's what we did.
Gratitude matters. It matters for our happiness, and in turn, our success. (Check out Shawn Achor’s entertaining TEDx talk, “ The Happy Secret for Better Work ,” for a 12-minute dose of inspiration.) As Thanksgiving nears, it’s the perfect excuse to practice your toast take a minute and think about what you’re thankful for. In that spirit, I asked our EP team to chime in.