Education Pioneers builds the pipeline of leaders outside the classroom who enable teachers and students to be successful inside the classroom. 

Research and decades of intervention show how difficult it is to drive systemic change in education. Great policies and tools must be implemented with excellence at scale—a practical challenge that requires talented leaders and managers at all levels. Education Pioneers has spent more than 15 years identifying and developing these transformational leaders. Here’s how:  


We find and attract future leaders.

We recruit high-potential talent from non-traditional sources, such as business and policy graduate schools and the private sector. We inspire our leaders (“Fellows”) to apply their skills in K-12 by matching them with hands-on work at school districts, charter schools, and education nonprofits (“Partners”) who are advancing important work to better serve students, families, and communities. 


We develop leadership capacity.

Our Fellowships shape leaders’ long-term mindsets and orientations towards education leadership. We grow individual Fellow’s capacity and potential for leadership and spark a lifelong interest in improving public education, serving students and families, and closing the opportunity gap.


We mobilize our network towards impact.

Our Fellows are Pioneers for life and can continue to rely on their EP network — 4,500+ Pioneers and going — throughout their personal and professional journeys. Individually and collectively, we catalyze the effort to identify and implement systemic solutions that ultimately realize education’s potential to help close the opportunity gap.

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