Educational Institutions

Education Pioneers, Inc.

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.educationpioneers.org

Mission Statement

Education Pioneers exists to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming the educational system so that all students receive a quality education.

Main Programs

  1. Education Pioneers Fellowship
Service Areas

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National

Education Pioneers is a nonprofit that works with more than 200 leading education organizations in over 20 cities across the country. In each location, we partner with school districts, charter management organizations, non-profits, think tanks and other education organizations. Our Partners need diverse, transformational talent to help them re-think the problems they face outside of the classroom. We connect our Partners with the right leaders, in the right role, in the right place, who understand the communities they serve and can make a difference for students.

Education Pioneers currently works with Partners in Austin, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas/Ft. Worth, DC Metro Area, Denver, Greater Boston, Greater Los Angeles, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, and additional satellite locations throughout the United States.

ruling year

2004

Founder & CEO since 2003

Self-reported

Mr. Scott Morgan

Co Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Frances McLaughlin

Keywords

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Davidson, education, leadership, students, training

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EIN

77-0602311

 Number

1097933197

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Education Pioneers recruits, develops, and connects professionals from diverse backgrounds with leading education organizations to solve problems from outside of the classroom so that students and teachers succeed inside the classroom. Our students need great leaders and managers throughout the public education ecosystem who can create the conditions necessary for meaningful learning and dramatic, sustained improvement in academic achievement - leaders who know how to set direction, build teams and culture, deploy valuable resources, and execute against goals. In fact, research has shown that leadership is the second-most influential factor in student learning besides classroom instruction. And the US education system faces a dramatic leadership gap: EdFuel forecasts that the 50 largest cities in the nation will need 32,000 new mid- to senior-level leaders by 2023 to fuel the growing "education reform ecosystem" alone. This is where Education Pioneers makes a difference - by increasing the supply of top talent for education leadership roles through our education leadership Fellowship program and Alumni and Partner services. Transforming educational results will require a steady infusion of the right leadership and management talent, and we are uniquely positioned to meet this need.

EP is one of the only organizations that brings thousands of extraordinary people from diverse backgrounds into education leadership roles nationwide. We partner with 200 education organizations in 20 cities across the country and connect them with the talented people they need to drive mission-critical work for students—3,000+ Pioneers to date and counting. Our Pioneers who work in our nation's 50 largest school districts and charter school organizations lead or contribute to work that impacts more than 3.5 million students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education Pioneers Fellowship

Through the Education Pioneers Fellowship, we provide support and leadership skills to our Pioneers so they enter into either short- or long-term positions in education understanding the issues that face our system and ready to make changes. We ask our Partners: What problems do you need solved outside of the classroom to benefit students and teachers inside the classroom? We then connect our Partners with Pioneers who have skills in areas such as data analysis, operations, finance, human resources, and more. Together, we are creating transformational leaders helping to serve more than 3.5 million public school students nationwide – and we are widening our impact every year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    In order to systematically deliver a high-quality education to all students, it is vital that we attract and retain a critical mass of exceptional leaders and managers. To that end, Education Pioneers will build a critical mass diverse leaders working at all levels across the education sector.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To achieve our long-term goals, Education Pioneers has established three strategic priorities to advance our mission and work from 2015-2019:

    Strategic Priority 1: Deploy the right leadership and management talent to the right places to drive transformative change.
    We will expand our offerings to meet a broader range of critical leadership and management needs while intensifying our efforts with organizations and in geographies where our talent can have the greatest impact.

    Strategic Priority 2: Spur educational improvement and innovation far and wide.
    We will bring new knowledge about leadership and management into the sector and foster sector-wide learning and connections.

    Strategic Priority 3: Build a great organization that will drive lasting impact.
    We will build a thriving team and culture, a sustainable financial model, and a strong brand.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have developed a strong leadership team, a diversified revenue model, a track record of successful growth with quality, and strong external partnerships that will support our progress to our long-term goals.

    The most important ingredient to advance Education Pioneers' work is our own team of leaders and managers. Over the past 10+ years, we have built a strong, entrepreneurial, and diverse team. Our National Leadership Team is made up of senior organizational, functional, and regional leaders. Our governance structure includes a national board of directors that guides the organization's overall strategic direction and champions our work, as well as local boards and alumni boards to support our local growth and sustainability.

    Education Pioneers operates with a blended revenue model which leverages national investments, local investments, and fee-for-service earned revenue from our Partners to fund our operations. In recent years, we focused on growing the revenue generated from local sites through local investors and earned income.

    We have built a strong brand as a result of our track record of successful growth with quality. We have also built a powerful recruitment model that enables us to attract, prepare, and advance a network of diverse, effective talent. This reputation for quality enables us to continue to attract exceptional talent and talent-focused partners to join our network.

    Our program model is driven by strong collaborations with high-performing organizations that understand the importance of accessing our broad, deep bench of diverse, multidisciplinary talent for immediate and full-time needs. For example, over the past decade, we have built strong partnerships with leading charter schools, charter management organizations, and charter support organizations that need great people to fuel their performance. Among charter schools and charter management organizations alone, we have deployed nearly 600 Fellows to date, and over 250 Alumni are currently in full-time roles.

    Beyond our fellowship partnerships, we manage an online network platform, the Exchange, established in collaboration with The Broad Center and Harvard's Strategic Data Project, to expand recruiting efforts, share tools and resources, and build a common network to connect and empower our Fellowship participants, Alumni, and Partner agencies. These dynamic relationships with our hiring partners and network collaborators have, in turn, enhanced our own organizational effectiveness through increased market intelligence and the exchange of best practices.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Education Pioneers continues to be rigorous in our use of evaluation to understand how we progress against goals, inform strategy decisions, and communicate impact. We have built internal systems and tools to continuously monitor and evaluate our performance, as well as external protocols and tools to measure our impact for stakeholders, including pre- and post-fellowship surveys for Fellows, mid- and post-fellowship surveys for Partners, and annual network surveys for Alumni. To date, our evaluation efforts have focused primarily on assessing our recruitment efforts and measuring program effectiveness for Fellows, Partners, and Alumni.

    To ensure that we have dedicated capacity to refine and deepen our evaluation methods and activities as we drive toward our strategic priorities, we have established an internal Evaluation & Learning department which leads our work internally and collaborates with external thought partners to ensure that we are asking – and substantively answering – the right questions about our impact.

    We have identified 5 key overarching evaluation questions to demonstrate our impact:
    1. Are we increasing and improving the pipeline of leadership and management talent?
    2. Is the talent we place driving transformative change individually, within key education organizations, and collectively across the sector?
    3. Are we a strategic source of leadership and management talent for key education organizations?
    4. Are we increasing awareness of the importance of leadership and management talent in driving improvement in the education sector?
    5. Are we building the necessary connections between leaders and managers to spur systemic educational improvement and innovation?

    As we prepare to deepen our impact in the years ahead, we're moving beyond our reliance on self-collected and self-analyzed organizational data and building on the 2014 external research2016 completed by Mathematica Policy Research. To that end, we have contracted with the American Institutes of Research (AIR) to conduct a comprehensive, independent impact evaluation of our work, the most ambitious research initiative EP has have ever undertaken. Upon completion of the evaluation in fall 2016, EP will disseminate the findings to benefit EP and the broader field, while also applying the findings to determine next steps for the refinement and evaluation of our model. We believe this evaluation will help to position EP at the center of data-driven storytelling in education so that we have an outsized visibility and influence in the conversation about how educational leadership can drive sector transformation.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Education Pioneers has developed, launched, and grown programs and services that meet critical talent needs for key organizations within the education sector. From 2004-2015 we have dramatically increased the quantity of leaders we bring to our Partners, while delivering exceptional value to our Fellows and Partners. Key highlights include:
    *EP has been increasing the number of participants placed in partner organizations. Specifically, the number of EP Fellows has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 41% from 2004 to 2015.
    *93% of EP Alumni are proud of their EP Affiliation
    *Over 6 in 10 Alumni working in education say they wouldn't be where they are professionally without EP
    *87 % of EP Alumni believe that EP is an asset to their resumes.

    Education Pioneers alumni enter the education sector and then continue to advance along education leadership and management career pathways at high rates following their fellowships, providing a growing bench of full-time talent for Partners and the sector. Key highlights include:
    • 70+% of our working Alumni are in in the education sector;
    • 60% of our Alumni are serving in a management role; and
    • More than 30% of our Alumni working in education hold significant management responsibilities including managing managers, organization functions, business units, or entire organizations.

    While our existing programs recruit, train, and advance high-caliber talent from diverse backgrounds, we know that our partners' needs extend much further. For instance, a recent study of the “autonomous and accountable public school sector" forecasts that 32,000 new mid- to senior-level leaders will be needed across the 50 largest cities in the nation by 2023. The report was consistent with what we've been hearing on the ground through our work with talent-focused Partners across the nation, including the need for people with expertise in areas such as finance, operations, management, human capital, product and service management, and marketing. We are excited to help address these needs by scaling our pipeline of leadership and management talent in education. To achieve this, we will expand our programs, professional development, and other services. We will also focus our work in new ways. By concentrating a subset of our talented leaders in the organizations and regions that are poised to make the most dramatic strides for students, we will grow a critical mass of talent that can drive transformative change across the sector.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Education Pioneers is a nonprofit that works with more than 200 leading education organizations in over 20 cities across the country. In each location, we partner with school districts, charter management organizations, non-profits, think tanks and other education organizations. Our Partners need diverse, transformational talent to help them re-think the problems they face outside of the classroom. We connect our Partners with the right leaders, in the right role, in the right place, who understand the communities they serve and can make a difference for students.

Education Pioneers currently works with Partners in Austin, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas/Ft. Worth, DC Metro Area, Denver, Greater Boston, Greater Los Angeles, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, and additional satellite locations throughout the United States.

Funding Needs

By responding to the leadership shortage in education, Education Pioneers impacts three important populations: (1) the education organizations who benefit from our talent accelerating results; (2) the emerging leaders who benefit from the professional development, network, and career-long resources EP provides, and (3) most importantly, the students who benefit from effective systems and leadership. Please consider a donation to support this vital work, visit www.educationpioneers.org to refer a talented professional to become an Education Pioneers Fellow and make a difference on behalf of students, share our partnership page with a local education organization that could benefit from the talent Education Pioneers provides and encourage them to contact us, and stay in touch by connecting with us online via social media and our Impact & Insights blog.

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EDUCATION PIONEERS INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Education Pioneers, Inc.

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Founder & CEO

Mr. Scott Morgan

Co Principal Officer

Frances McLaughlin

BIO

Scott Morgan is Education Pioneers' Founder & CEO, based out of the Oakland office, where he leads the organization to realize its vision to identify, train, connect, and inspire 10,000 diverse leaders and managers working to accelerate systemic change across the education sector by EP's 20th anniversary in 2023.

An educator, attorney, and social entrepreneur with a strong background in creating quality educational opportunities for students, Scott began his career teaching social studies and leadership at St. Jude High School in Montgomery, Alabama, through the University of Notre Dame's ACE Program. Scott later served as the legal counsel for Aspire Public Schools, where he worked with the management team and school leaders to build a network of high-performing public charter schools throughout California. At Education Pioneers, Scott feels incredibly fortunate to collaborate with exceptional individuals and high-performing organizations that share his deep commitment to developing diverse, talented leaders to transform urban education.

Scott graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in government from the University of Notre Dame, received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland, and earned his law degree from Stanford Law School. Scott is a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a board member of Beyond 12, Inc., and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, Class of 2010. An avid San Francisco Giants fan, Scott lives in Alameda, CA, with his wife and two daughters. Follow Scott on Twitter at @scottmorgan1.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gale Mondry

Education Pioneers, Inc.

Term: Oct 2009 - Oct 2019

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