Education Pioneers Opens Applications for 2019 Impact Fellowship


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Education Pioneers Opens Applications for 2019 Impact Fellowship

National nonprofit seeks second class of rising data and strategy leaders to advance equity and excellence in education sector

BOSTON, MA — Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that has recruited 4,000 professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds into non-teaching leadership positions throughout K-12 public education, announced today that applications are open for the 2019 Education Pioneers Impact Fellowship.  

The organization is seeking equity-oriented data analysts and strategic project managers to join the second class of the 10-month leadership development program, scheduled to begin in Fall 2019. Launched in January 2018 and designed to advance the movement for equity and excellence in U.S. schools, Education Pioneers’ Impact Fellowship catalyzes high-potential leadership talent while adding critical analytic and project management capacity to school district, charter school organizations, and other education organizations nationwide.

“With work that is complex and high stakes, the education sector needs more leaders who can effectively diagnose problems, collaborate to generate solutions, and ultimately drive more equitable outcomes for our nation’s most underserved students,” said Melissa Wu, CEO of Education Pioneers. “Our Impact Fellowship enables schools and education organizations to have access to the data and project management talent they need, and supports aspiring education leaders to find meaningful, long-lasting career pathways.”

During the program, Impact Fellows are connected to a 10-month paid work placement with a leading education organization, where they apply their data and project management experience to support organizational initiatives. Simultaneously, Fellows engage in cohort-based professional development, where they gain K-12 education knowledge and practice leadership skills. Fellows become part of Education Pioneers’ nationwide network of education leaders, which includes 4,000 Alumni at all stages of their careers – 70% of whom continue to work in education.

Forty-five rising leaders are currently participating in the Impact Fellowship’s inaugural class. “The learning and connections I’m building through the Impact Fellowship push me to reflect on the inequities of education and my own experiences. Through my work placement and discussions with professionals in the education sector, I feel better prepared for a career leading change on behalf of students and communities,” said Helen Lee, a 2018 Fellow at Tulsa Public Schools and former private sector manager. 65% of 2018 Impact Fellows have prior private sector experience; 55% of 2018 Fellows identify as leaders of color.

Professionals interested in the Impact Fellowship can learn more on Education Pioneers’ website at Candidates who have at least two years of work experience in strategy, data analysis, or project management, a track record of professional success, and a commitment to Education Pioneers’ core values and mission that all students receive a high-quality education can apply at The priority deadline is March 28, 2019.

Education Pioneers is also accepting applications for the 10-week Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship, scheduled to begin in June 2019. Interested candidates may apply at

Organizations who would like to host a 2019 Education Pioneers Summer Fellow or Impact Fellow may indicate interest at

About Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers builds  the pipeline of leaders outside the classroom who enable teachers and students to be successful inside the classroom. Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited and trained over 4,000 leaders in partnership with more than 750 education organizations nationwide.

Of the organization’s Alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts public school students in major cities across the nation, most of whom are students of color and growing up in underserved areas. Learn more:


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