Education Pioneers Receives $6 Million in Grants From The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation and The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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OAKLAND – Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to training, connecting and inspiring a new generation of education leaders announced today it has received two $3 million grants from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The grants will be used by Education Pioneers to triple the number of top graduate students it recruits and trains to become leaders in urban education.
Education Pioneers operates a rigorous summer Fellows Program that recruits, selects and trains top graduate school students from business, education, law and public policy programs to work in the education sector. Among other things, Fellows research legal issues, design ways to track student performance and develop methods to improve teacher retention, all in efforts to increase the capacity of school districts, charter management organizations, foundations and other education nonprofits ¬to provide an exceptional education to all students. Fellows also benefit from professional development and ongoing networking opportunities throughout their careers. Two out of three choose to work full-time in urban education after graduate school as district administrators, charter school leaders, policy makers, nonprofit managers, philanthropists or entrepreneurs.
These investments by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and The Eli and Edythe Broad (rhymes with “road”) Foundation will enable Education Pioneers to more than double the pool of applicants from 859 to 2,000, increase the number of Fellows working each summer from 180 to 375 and grow its alumni network from 386 to 1,250 by 2011.
“There are an increasing number of opportunities for experienced leaders from different industries to come into the education space, not only in teaching positions, but also in key operational roles across urban education,” said Janet Mountain, executive director of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “We believe Education Pioneers provides a needed service in building this pipeline of talent as there are few organizations focused on this critical area in urban education.”
With only half of urban American high school students today receiving diplomas, students in urban areas are falling far behind their counterparts in the rest of the country and the world. While other human capital organizations like Teach For America are focused on drawing quality teachers into the field, a 2006 Bridgespan Group study found that 640,000 new senior managers – more than double the current number – will be needed in the nonprofit sector over the next decade. Education Pioneers is working to meet this need in urban education.
“Education Pioneers has quickly established itself as an effective leadership pipeline that is attracting some of our nation’s brightest emerging leaders into public education before they can be whisked away by other sectors,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, which previously provided $1.2 million to Education Pioneers in 2006. “We are proud to provide them with our continued support.”
During 2008, Education Pioneers placed Fellows with 85 organizations in the Bay Area, Boston, the D.C. Metro Area, Los Angeles, and New York City. Nearly all employers – 97 percent – rate their experience working with Education Pioneers as good or excellent.
“We place hundreds of our nation’s most promising leaders directly in the trenches of urban education reform,” said Scott Morgan, founder of Education Pioneers. “These investments will enable us to dramatically increase our national network of leaders, people who are able to apply creative solutions to the most pressing problems in urban education.”
Education PioneersFounded in 2003, Education Pioneers is a national human capital organization dedicated to training, connecting and inspiring a new generation of education leaders to transform urban education so that all students receive a quality education. Education Pioneers is currently accepting applications for its 2009 Fellows Program with a first round deadline of December 21, 2008. Additional information about Education Pioneers is available at:
Michael & Susan Dell FoundationThe Michael & Susan Dell Foundation ( is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, TX and New Delhi, India, the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. With an endowment of $1.3 billion, the foundation has committed more than $450 million to global children's issues and community initiatives to date.
The Broad FoundationThe Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a national venture philanthropy established by entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. The Broad Foundation’s education work is focused on dramatically improving urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition. The Broad Foundation’s Internet address is

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