Educating every single child in our country exceptionally well shouldn’t be a radical idea. But to realize success for all students, we must upend an educational system that currently provides the most opportunity to those who need it the least, and gives the least opportunity to those who need it the most.
In this Q&A, EP talks Memphis with EP Analyst Fellow Melissa Perry. If you’re not thinking about Memphis already, read on for a bunch of reasons why you should be.
It’s #TBT on our EP blog! Today, we revisit one of our most popular posts – “Say the Thing” by Frances McLaughlin. Frances argues that we need to get a lot more comfortable with being uncomfortable and telling it like it is. Read on to get started.
Like so many of us, I celebrate the Confederate flag being removed everywhere it’s found – from capitol buildings to retail stores. For me and for millions of people in our country, it is a symbol of hatred, oppression, and racism that should have been removed a long time ago. While it’s an important symbolic movement to remove the flag, it’s not nearly enough.
Most of the graduates of the class of 2015 have yet to settle into their first job out of college, but they're entering the workforce at an interesting time. With a recovering economy and ever-changing technology, they have options for work and jobs that didn't exist only a few years back. A few years from now, there will be even more. My question is: what legacy will they leave?
My own family tree includes a great-grandmother who was not permitted to learn to read. Her family didn’t think it was necessary. She learned anyway by sneaking away to hide outside of her brothers’ school in rural Lebanon and spying through the window. I think of her every time I read something beautiful.
Moving from individual contributor to first-time people manager is a big jump. In fact, it’s the most difficult transition you’ll face in your entire professional career. But making the leap successfully pays off. The people who get it right can contribute two to three times more than those who don’t. Talk about social impact.
On the heels of hearing researcher and author Brené Brown at this year’s NewSchools Venture Fund Summit, Education Pioneers CEO Scott Morgan and I have been talking with our leadership team about vulnerability and its relationship to leadership and courage, one of Education Pioneers’ core values. Ms. Brown’s engaging talk helped me and others think more deeply about how transformation—at an individual or systemic level -- is an intensely human process, involving the head AND the heart.
You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you can’t choose both. Brené Brown’s insights during her keynote at the recent NewSchools Venture Fund Summit resonated deeply with me and with hundreds of other education leaders, educators, and education champions in the room.
In the history of our country, there have been far too many tragic deaths like Freddie Gray’s. And Eric Garner’s. And Michael Brown’s. And Trayvon Martin’s. And Walter Scott’s. And Oscar Grant’s. It is heart wrenching to see the terrible toll of systemic injustice that continues to plague our nation and decimate low-income communities of color.