Education Pioneers provides professionals with stepping stones into education leadership careers that solve problems outside of the classroom so that teachers and students can succeed inside the classroom. We recruit professionals with skills in data analysis, operations, strategy, and project management to partner with leading K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations.
The Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship provides talented professionals an opportunity to engage with critical challenges in the education sector. Fellows are placed on 10 week projects with leading education organizations, using existing skills and experience to make the biggest impact. During their placement, Fellows participate in leadership development programming alongside a cohort of diverse peers designed to build the mindsets and K-12 knowledge necessary to become a change agent in education.
Previous Fellows have:
Builtdata visualization tools and dashboards to drive decision making and to improve student performance over time
Generated teacher buy-in around digital learning tools and introduced system improvements to electronically track data points like attendance and behavioral management
Led financial reporting, budgeting processes, and resource allocation at a school district
Supported the start-up of key operations, including transportation, family orientation, student enrollment, and staff professional development at a charter school
Redesigned a charter organizations financial model to be more usable, scalable, and drive strategic decisions while helping the organization secure an $8 million grant
The Fellowship provides hands-on, real-world experience as well as training in leadership skills and K-12 education issues. After the Fellowship, Pioneers gain the unique support and networking opportunities offered by EP and our robust nationwide network of more than 4,000 Fellows and Alumni.
Timing & Benefits
Education Pioneers applications opens on September 12th and applicants are encouraged to apply by our December 18th Priority Round application deadline
The Summer Fellowship runs from mid-June to mid-August. Exact Fellowship start and end dates will be determined in the spring of 2018
Placement locations: Boston Metro Area | Chicago, Il| DC Metro Area | Denver, Co | Kansas City, MO | Los Angeles, CA | Memphis, TN | Nashville, TN | Newark, NJ | New Orleans, LA| New York, NY | San Francisco Bay Area | Tulsa, OK
Education Pioneers believes it is critical for leaders in urban education to reflect the communities they serve. We actively recruit those who identify as part of historically marginalized communities, including people of color and individuals from the LGBTQIAA+ community, to join the Education Pioneers network. We support equal opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the Fellowship.
Two years of full time, professional work experience, excluding undergraduate or graduate internships
Commitment to Education Pioneers’ mission and values, and a passion for social impact
Authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for the entire program (international students eligible only if visa assistance is not required)
Commitment to the full program term including the ability to complete 10 consecutive weeks of employment, attend convening’s, and other mandatory aspects of the Fellowship
Enrollment in or completion of graduate degree program
Experience in data analysis, operations, strategy, and/or project and program management (Professional experience outside of the classroom is strongly preferred)
Intermediate skills in Excel and knowledge in Tableau, SPSS, STATA, or other data visualization and data management software is a plus
Ability to take initiative and drive results
Track record of success in academic and professional settings
Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with diverse colleagues and stakeholders
About Education Pioneers
Education Pioneers recruits, develops, and connects talented professionals from diverse personal and professional backgrounds—including graduate students—to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations. Our Pioneers work on issues related to student data analysis, operations, program or project management, strategy, and more. They are creative problem solvers, ambitious, collaborative, and values-driven professionals whose work outside of the classroom contributes to student and teacher success inside the classroom. Unique in scale and scope, EP is one of the only organizations to bring a diverse pool of change agents to the education sector and prepare them to lead meaningful change as they advance in their own careers. Since 2003, we've partnered with over 750 education organizations across the country to connect them with the talented people they need to drive forward mission-critical work for students—with more than 4,000 EP Alumni to date and counting. EP Alumni currently lead or contribute to work that impacts public school students across the nation—most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas.-More than 50% of EP A...lumni self-identify as leaders of color or multiethnic -Black and Latino EP leaders in education serve as senior managers at five times the rate as their private sector peers-9 out of 10 EP Alumni believe that EP is an asset to their resume.-More than 70% of EP Alumni in the workforce are working in education, in increasingly senior-level roles.-EP leaders in education serve as senior managers at three times the rate as their private sector peers.