The Education Pioneers Visiting Fellowship provides a way to grow and invest in an emerging leader at your education organization.

Nominations are open for Visiting Fellows. Interested candidates must be nominated to participate by their supervisor.

It was a great opportunity to connect with education professionals who pushed my own mindset, beliefs, and thinking.
2015 Visiting Fellow

About the Visiting Fellowship

Begun as a pilot in 2013 and now offered nationwide, the Visiting Fellowship is a critical professional development solution for organizations hoping to grow and retain their current emerging leaders and high-performing managers. 

Unlike EP's hiring and placement services, the Visiting Fellowship focuses on developing emerging leaders who are well-positioned and eager to deepen their impact at their existing organization. Participating in EP's signature leadership development and cohort experiences will help these leaders re-energize their commitment to education by deepening their hard and soft skills, engaging in peer consulting, and expanding their professional network.

Supervisors must nominate emerging leaders to participate in the Visiting Fellowship.

Visiting Fellowship Features

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Leadership Development Opportunities

Visiting Fellows participate in regular leadership development workshops and learning opportunities alongside other Education Pioneers. EP offers a structured workshop series that explores topics defining today’s education landscape, like the opportunity gap, school systems, change management, and more.

During these workshops, Visiting Fellows will hear directly from prominent education leaders who serve as guest speakers, dive into case studies, and receive critical peer consulting on a organizational challenge of their own. EP's leadership development workshops will leave Visiting Fellows with the skills, mindsets, and K-12 knowledge they need to advance their careers in their existing organization and beyond.

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Professional Connections

Visiting Fellows will join programming alongside a local cohort of EP Fellows in the summer or career tracks. These cohorts might include data analysts, strategists, operations specialists, program managers, and more—everyone bringing a unique perspective to the work.

While the cohort experience will last 10-12 weeks, the connections forged will last a lifetime. Our 4,500+ Pioneers are making an impact for millions of students nationwide—and like any other EP Fellow, Visiting Fellows will receive lifelong access to this group of change agents who can provide career advice, share best practices, connect them with long-term opportunities, and more.


Visiting Fellow Qualifications

Visiting Fellows must be nominated by their supervisors to participate, and meet these qualifications:

  • High-potential staff members in Manager or Director-level roles
  • Three to five years of full-time work experience, in and/or outside the education sector
  • Have not previously participated in an Education Pioneers Fellowship
  • Experience in data analysis, strategy, operations, program and project management, marketing, HR, finance, curriculum design, policy analysis, urban education, or law
  • A strong commitment to Education Pioneers' mission to transform public education and our core values of courage; optimism; collaboration; action; people-focused; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and transformation.
  • At least one year of graduate studies, or hold a graduate degree (recommended but not required)


Nominate a Visiting Fellow

Nominating a Visiting Fellow is easy!

  1. Supervisors: discuss the opportunity with high-potential leaders on your team to determine interest and availability* 
  2. Send nominee’s resume, plus a 1-paragraph supervisor endorsement, to your regional EP staff member
  3. Nominees will be asked to complete a formal application, providing more details on their professional experiences
  4. EP will conduct a screening interview with all nominees to ensure a fit with the program

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