For teachers and students alike, strong support from outside the classroom can make a world of difference inside. Education Pioneers specializes in just that: recruiting and fostering the development of smart, effective, driven individuals for leadership roles in education. Highly selective fellowship programs match business, education, law, and public policy graduate students with partner organizations – public and charter schools as well as education nonprofits – for intensive 10-week, or year-long, consultancies on mission-critical projects. A more recently launched Analyst program recruits young professionals to manage vital data projects like assessments of student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and college readiness. With a national network of 2,000 alumni, Education Pioneers provides career-long resources for both its leaders and the education organizations they serve – from individual coaching, to professional development, to best practices forums – designed to nourish a lifelong commitment to education. In the end, both pioneers and partners benefit: 70% of alumni are still working full-time in education. Each year, Education Pioneers strives for greater educational leadership ... and even greater learning experiences for students.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Internationally

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: Here is our full list of partners who are benefitting from at least one Fellow on-site during our 2012 Graduate School Fellowship operations - public and charter schools/systems (as well as Capital Education Group, which runs private schools) marked with an asterisk:; 50CAN; Achieving the Dream; Acumen Solutions; Baltimore City Public Schools*; Bellwether Education Partners; Capital Education Group*; Capital Partners for Education; Center City Public Charter Schools*; Center for Education Reform; Charter Board Partners; Communities in Schools of the Nation's Capital; Data Quality Campaign; DC Action for Children; DC Public Charter School Board; District of Columbia Public Schools*; E.L. Haynes Public Charter School*; Education Writers Association; EducationCounsel, LLC; Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School; Global Skills X-Change (GSX); Great Schools; Imagine Schools – DC Regional Office*; KIPP DC*; Life Pieces to Masterpieces; Montgomery County Childcare Association; NewSchools Venture Fund; Prince George's County Public Schools*; School Readiness Consulting; Teach For America; The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education; The SEED Foundation*; The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; United States Department of Education

Awards & Recognition

NATIONAL HONORS:
-First-ever non-profit to receive Stanford University's Recruiter Excellence Award in 2011.
-$7.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support our work in data leadership in education in 2011.
-Gates-supported partnership with the Broad Center and Harvard’s Strategic Data Project to enhance long-term data leadership impact launched in 2011.
-Milestone of over 4,000 applications for 400 Fellowship positions in 2012, from an inaugural class of 9 Fellows in 2004.
-Since 2007, 90% or more of our Fellows have rated their experience with our Graduate School Fellowship as good, very good, or excellent, and 97% or more of our Partners have rated their experience with our Graduate School Fellowship as good, very good, or excellent.
-We have maintained a stable Alumni retention rate in the education field over time; over 70% of our Alumni are currently making a significant impact in the field through their full-time work after graduate school.

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