American Institutes for Research Finds Education Pioneers Retains and Supports Transformative and Racially Diverse Education Leaders


SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

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American Institutes for Research Finds Education Pioneers Retains and Supports Transformative and Racially Diverse Education Leaders

National nonprofit announces opening of its 2018 Summer Fellowship to attract hundreds more emerging leaders

OAKLAND, CA — A recent report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), “Education Pioneers’ Fellow and Alumni Demographics and Mobility Analysis,” finds that Education Pioneers “has been successful in recruiting, connecting, and advancing the careers of emerging, talented educational administrators.”

To continue to place hundreds more talented leaders throughout the education sector and grow its national network of over 3,500 leaders, Education Pioneers announced today that applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship are open. The national nonprofit recruits professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds into non-teaching leadership positions throughout K-12 public education.

“We’re thrilled that AIR has validated Education Pioneers’ positive impact on developing, supporting, and retaining talented and diverse leaders who are working to create an equitable education system,” said Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. “We’re proud of our Pioneers and the difference they’re making to ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. We look forward to attracting and supporting more leaders through our 2018 fellowship programs.”

To assess Education Pioneers’ work and impact across the education sector, and its success in meeting its organizational goals, AIR analyzed the organization’s fellow and alumni data since EP’s founding in 2003. Among AIR’s findings is that Education Pioneers “has continued to successfully recruit racially and ethnically diverse fellows into leadership positions within the education sector [...] with the most significant recruitment gains in attracting African American/Black individuals into the EP program and educational leadership positions.”

Additionally, the AIR report finds that Education Pioneers alumni are highly educated, hold senior-level leadership roles in the education sector, and remain working in the sector over time:

  • Education Pioneers Fellows are highly educated: 84 percent of Fellows held or were pursuing an advanced degree at the time of their Fellowship.
  • Education Pioneers is developing a racially and ethnically diverse network of leaders who hold senior leadership roles: 26 percent of African American/Black Education Pioneers alumni, 26 percent of Hispanic/Latinx alumni, and 32 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander alumni hold “C-suite” positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and other senior roles.
  • The majority of Education Pioneers alumni stay working in education after their Fellowships: 94 percent of alumni who worked in education in 2012 were still working in education in 2016.

Download the report and view an infographic of the report’s findings here.

“My Education Pioneers Fellowship experience was transformational,” said Hassan Hassan, an Education Pioneers alumnus, current Director of Investments for 4.0 Schools in New Orleans, and former PwC senior associate prior to his Education Pioneers Fellowship. “The combination of day-to-day placement work, cohort experience, and networking access is unparalleled for someone searching for their ideal point of contribution in the public education landscape."

Through selective Fellowship programs, Education Pioneers recruits talented professionals, connects them with mission-critical work outside of the classroom for education organizations in cities nationwide, and advances their careers through robust professional development training and networking with local peer cohorts, education sector leaders, and Education Pioneers alumni across the country. Education Pioneers Fellows bring new perspectives and skills to education sector, and benefit from pathways to meaningful careers that increase equity for students.

Applications for Education Pioneers’ 2018 Summer Fellowship are now open. Interested applicants can learn more and apply via Education Pioneers’ website before the Fellowship’s priority application deadline of December 18, 2017:

This report was generously sponsored with support from NewSchools Venture Fund, The Walton Family Foundation, and Steven Merrill.

About Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers recruits professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds to solve problems from outside of the classroom, so students and teachers succeed in the classroom. Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited and trained over 3,500 leaders in partnership with more than 750 education organizations nationwide.

Of the organization’s alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts public school students in major cities across the nation, most of whom are students of color and are growing up in underserved areas. Find out more about where Education Pioneers’ leaders work and their impact here:

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