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In his latest piece for the The Huffington Post, Education Pioneers Founder and CEO Scott Morgan writes why we must improve the odds for our nation's first-generation college students. Thanks to leaders like EP Alumna Alex Bernadotte and organizations like Beyond 12, we're on our way.

Of the more than 2,000 Alumni in our network, nearly 20% are the first in their family with a bachelor's degree. To celebrate these trailblazing leaders, and to help inspire the next generation, we invited members of the EP network to let us know what first-generation college success means to them. The stories they shared are powerful and optimistic. 

Beyond 12, founded by EP Alumna Alex Bernadotte, was selected as one of the Top 10 in the 2014 Bay Area Google Impact Challenge. One Degree, founded by EP Alumnus Rey Faustino, also received honorable mention.

2011 EP Fellow Shauntel Paulson, Principal at NewSchools Venture Fund, sat down with Education Week to discuss education technology and personalized learning models.


This powerful story from The New York Times features the pioneering research of 2008 EP Alumnus David Yeager, "a 32-year-old assistant professor who is emerging as one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of education."

EP Alumnae Christina Anderson (New Jersey, 2013) and Rebecca Zofnass (Boston, 2013) have been awarded the prestigious, year-long HBS Leadership Fellowship for non-profit and public sector organizations. Anderson will work with the Harlem Children's Zone and Zofnass will work with Teach for America.

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Why Diversity Matters


Diverse environments breed innovation. And innovation is needed in the education sector to produce breakthrough outcomes for children. Yet, if you visit one of our country's public school districts, you're far more likely to find a student of color sitting in a classroom than to find a leader of color running that classroom, school, or district.

In this post, we address why diversity matters, and what we can do in the education sector to increase diversity so that organizations have the perspectives and talents they need to best serve students.

Getting Smart highlights EP Chicago's Fellowship projects and recent expansion into local and state policy as an important part of the city's growing education innovation community. "Few places—perhaps no city—have the deep private and philanthropic support that Chicago does [...] There's lots of support for innovation, trying new things, and thinking in new ways."

After keeping it a secret all year, BloomBoard CEO Jason Lange, 2009 EP Alumnus, shared with EdSurge that the company raised $5 million in Series A round from Birchmere Ventures and the Gates Foundation.

As Detroit begins to reimagine the city's school system, collaboration among educational leaders and an influx of grant money is making room for new organizations to thrive. Educators like Jason Weeby, Senior Director of New Initiatives at Education Pioneers and a 2007 EP Alumnus, are optimistic about the city's potential for growth in the education sector.

"More than any other city in the US, Detroit has optimal conditions for ambitious education organizations that can balance a strong moral imperative with their business decisions. The dire circumstances mean there's motivated stakeholders; the city has a strong, focused philanthropic community; there's a broader entrepreneurial movement in the city that can be tapped."