Applications Now Open for the 2021 Impact Fellowship

Twelve months ago, when the COVID-19 virus was just emerging, none of us could imagine where we would be today: school systems still navigating how to re-open and stay open, communities still struggling to ensure residents have basic necessities. Where will we be twelve months from now? With growing vaccine availability and promise of recovery funding, there are real reasons to hope we can get back to normal life. But returning to normal shouldn’t be our aspiration. “Normal” K-12 education wasn’t working for millions of Black and Latinx students, and other children from low-income communities...

Announcing Our COVID Response Fellowship Cohort

Nine months into the pandemic, schools continue to face unprecedented challenges in equitably serving students and families. Recent analysis from the NWEA shows that student achievement in math has dropped 5 to 10 percentage points , with even larger declines for students of color. With half of students missing year-over-year testing, researchers fear that results may be even worse. Nationwide, more than 3 million vulnerable children are estimated to be displaced from school. In response to this ongoing educational crisis, EP is proud to announce our COVID Response Fellowship cohort -- a...

Education Pioneers 2020 Annual Report

Dear Friends, It is with pride and gratitude that we share our 2020 Annual Report. 2020 was an unprecedented year for us as a nation. And it’s impossible to separate EP’s work and mission from the traumas of an unrelenting global pandemic, a difficult reckoning with racial justice, and a highly divisive political climate. Leadership matters, and never more than in moments of crisis. We are proud that EP was able to transform and innovate in order to advance our mission of catalyzing leaders at all levels to drive systemic change. We moved our Fellowships virtual, welcomed 80 new Pioneers, and...
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Giving Tuesday 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we continue to grapple with a traumatic pandemic. Schools across the country are challenged with making impossible decisions about how to best continue learning -- and results from the first semester indicate that while the fall has been less chaotic than the spring, the risks to student learning and wellbeing are just as high. Students of color and students living in low-income communities, who were already underserved before the pandemic, are disproportionately affected by 2020’s disruptions. Whether it’s reliable access to fundamentals like internet, technology,...

Announcing Our 2020-2021 Impact Fellowship Cohort

We are proud to announce the new 2020-2021 Education Pioneers Impact Fellowship cohort -- a group of 23 rising problem solvers, data analysts, and strategic thinkers who aspire to make a difference for kids and communities. They join EP’s existing network of 4,500+ leaders who work outside the classroom to enable student and teacher success inside the classroom. Impact Fellows have begun their 10-month work placements at our Partner organizations, including school systems, education agencies, and supporting nonprofits. They also recently began their leadership development programming --...

EP Impact Fellowship 2019-2020 Wrap-up Report

EP’s second cohort of Impact Fellows began in Fall 2019 . Over the course of their EP Fellowship the world changed and they pivoted with purpose , demonstrating not only the adaptive leadership skills they were learning and building during their leadership development programming but also their commitment to education. While their experience began in person, COVID-19 mandated a swift pivot to remote work, virtual programming, and online cohort connections.

EP Summer 2020 Wrap-up Report

This summer was unlike most others. Education leaders and school staff had high-stakes work to prepare for the next school year. At the same time as the education sector is navigating the looming budget crisis and a strong potential for learning loss caused by COVID-19, there’s also a racial and social justice reckoning it must act upon. The surge of necessary and complicated work caused by the confluence of two crises — civil rights and public health — will require sustained effort, anti-racist approaches, and a network of passionate people willing to care, act, and challenge each other...

We’re proud to announce the COVID Response Fellowship

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Dear Pioneers, partners, supporters and friends of EP, As COVID-19 rages on and the 2020-2021 academic year begins, school leaders are wrestling with hard choices and conflicting priorities around community safety, student learning, and budget constraints. Eighty-five percent of the 20 largest U.S. school districts are starting remote-only. Studies are simultaneously projecting that existing achievement gaps will widen by another 15-20% as low-income and students of color face distance learning inequities — all while there’s a national spotlight on racial injustice. There are no playbooks for...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. We are outraged by the recent racially motivated murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade — and by the countless other acts of violence and injustice that have occurred over the course of our country’s racist history. Today and always, Education Pioneers stands in solidarity with the Black community — those on our staff, in our network of Alumni and Fellows, and in the communities we serve. This moment again shines a light on white supremacy and its imprint on our society and our systems. Our schools are not immune: massive inequities exist...

10 Application Tips for the EP Impact Fellowship

The Impact Fellowship is a comprehensive professional and leadership development experience that offers data-focused strategic professionals an opportunity for: Leadership Development: Learning and leadership development opportunities alongside a group of like-minded peers, with a focus on adaptive and inclusive leadership Professional Network of Connections: Access to and participation in a broader network of leaders having impact throughout the education ecosystem Social Impact: Opportunities for direct impact through placement with an education organization To help you put your best foot...

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