Alumni Rock Star Round-Up: From Mobile Apps to the World’s Most Innovative Companies, EP Alumni are Transforming Education

Education Pioneers Rock Star Alumni Round-Up
EP Alumni are making powerful change in our country. Among our thriving community of leaders, here are just a few recent, high-profiles successes of pioneers who have been recognized for their innovative and important work on behalf of students. We’re proud to share their accolades.

Top Five Reasons to Apply to EP’s Graduate School Fellowship

Graduate School Fellows
In May 2013, I joined EP’s Graduate School Fellowship Boston cohort for a 10-week summer placement with Boston Public Schools. From my first day to my last, my Fellowship was a steep learning curve, a chance to connect to with colleagues and make friends, and an opportunity to make an impact at one of the largest public school districts in the country – overall, an incredible experience. Still on the fence about whether you should apply? Here are my top five reasons:

A Passionate Teacher, A Commitment to Transform Education, and a $100,000 Letter

Rachel with Ellen DeGeneres
Imagine having a casual conversation with one of the country's most popular TV personalities. Now, imagine getting to do so as an unexpected guest on her show. In front of 3.5 million viewers. On your birthday. When Rachel Faust accepted a last-minute invitation to travel to LA to attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she figured her trip would consist of just that: watching the show as a member of the live studio audience. Moments before the episode began recording, she learned she would be featured on it. A first-grade teacher and Teach For America corps member at the Van E. Blanton...

Q&A with EP Alumnus Andrew Buher, New Chief Operating Officer of NYC Department of Education

This past April, 2009 EP alumnus Andrew Buher was named Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education, making him a top executive of the largest school system in the U.S. Promoted from his previous role as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, Buher now oversees the operation of over 1,700 schools, the education of 1.1 million students, and the management of $24 billion – over a third of New York City's entire annual budget. In this EP original Q&A, Buher discusses the roots of his interest in education, why he pursued a Graduate School Fellowship with Education...

EP Alum Shannah Varon Writes for Education Week About Hybrid Education Leadership

Originally published on Education Week: Cage-Busting: Hybrid Leadership Guest blogging this week is Shannah Varón, Executive Director of Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a school ranked first in the state for the math MCAS exam, with 100% of 10th grade students scoring Advanced on the test. For nine consecutive years, BCCS graduates have posted 100% college acceptance results. Shannah is an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship Alumna from the 2009 Boston cohort. In Cage-Busting Leadership, Rick Hess writes that "high-performing schools and systems...

EP Alum Scott Gaiber Writes for Education Week about Transforming a SFUSD Middle School

From Rick Hess' "Straight Up" Blog on Education Week Guest blogging today is Scott Gaiber, Director of Recruitment and Human Capital Support for the San Francisco Unified School District, a Pre-K to 12th grade district that serves over 55,000 students in approximately 140 schools. Scott manages a team that provides district-wide recruitment and staffing support, serves as a single-point-of-contact for all district administrators, provides professional development workshops on staffing, and visits district schools to support talent management. Scott is an Education Pioneers Graduate School...

Analyst Fellowship Community Project: The Secret to Surpassing Your Fundraising Target: 8 Easy Steps

After we had our plan in place for the Student Consultancy Program , we quickly realized that we needed a way to finance our program. We needed to raise money to cover the costs of instructional materials, a final reception after the students' final presentation, and prizes and gifts to the students and judges for their participation in the program. Based on our individual networks, we decided that social media and crowdfunding was the best way for us to fundraise. Over the course of 10 weeks, the Student Consultancy Program raised 150% of our fundraising target. In an age where crowdfunding...