The historic city of Boston has it all: sports, historic buildings, cultural destinations, parks, churches, elite colleges, and more. Boston also boasts a strong economic climate and a healthy job market, but public education is still a work in progress.
Beyond Boston proper, there is much happening nearby including Empowerment Zone in Springfield, MA and innovative leadership in Providence, RI. Education Pioneers’ work in this region also includes diverse working-class communities like nearby Chelsea and upstate Lawrence. Cities outside of Boston offer the opportunity to make a big impact on many of the same education issues impacting Boston.
The state of Massachusetts itself has long been known for its commitment to educational excellence, with strong academic standards and rigorous assessments. Home to the country’s oldest public schools, Boston's schools have steadily improved and even come close to statewide averages -- despite a low-income student population.
Working in education in Boston means joining a vibrant community focused on student impact, with talent from nearby universities and steady philanthropic support. Meanwhile, national education nonprofits like City Year and Jobs for the Future based here are growing rapidly. Talented educators have created some of the nation’s best charter schools in Boston, many of which are growing and collaborating with one another.
Boston is Education Pioneers’ second-oldest location, and we’ve been working in Beantown since 2005 to supply local organizations with the talented people they need to achieve their goals.
- 33 partner organizations, including Boston Public Schools, charter school management organizations Uncommon Schools and UP Education Network (formerly Unlocking Potential), and service nonprofit City Year.
- EP Fellows in the Greater Boston area have worked on strategic projects that make a difference, including supporting Boston Public School's new student school assignment model, overhauling operations of Cristo Rey Boston High School's school lunch program, conducting policy analyses for Jobs For the Future, and much more.
- Many of EP’s 200+ Boston-based alumni have remained to contribute to the region, including 2008 Fellow Carter Romansky, now Vice President of Partnership Development for The Achievement Network; 2010 Fellow Julie Swerdlow Albino, now Co-Executive Director of Strategy & Systems at Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership ; and 2011 Fellow Elizabeth Walczak, now Donor Services Officer at the Boston Foundation.