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Education Pioneers shares stories of impact, insights, ideas, and opinions to advance the conversation about what great leadership in education looks like.
Missouri was recently called the “heart of racial tension in America.” After the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 and the recent events on the campus of the University of Missouri, that title isn’t undeserved. But what’s happening at Mizzou—incidents of racism and bigotry—and what university leaders are doing (or not doing) about it sound eerily familiar.
America is at an inflection point about race. But do we realize it? The events happening at the University of Missouri are bringing the discussion—and experience—of race, racism, and inequity to a head. But instead of engaging in that discussion, too often, we’re turning away from it. As we grapple with how to create organizations, institutions, and schools that serve all students equitably, we must have effective and meaningful strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion that meet the needs of the students that they’re designed to serve.
If you're interested in work on behalf of all students, EP can be the path for you—whether you're an emerging leader or a seasoned professional. Read on.
There are a lot of reasons why teaching isn’t the sought after profession it should be, low pay and increasing pressure on teachers among them. But what if we’re missing something big here?
Two years ago, during EP’s 10th anniversary celebration, a brave high school freshman named Tomicia stood at a podium in front of hundreds of people and talked about dissecting a cow’s eye. She also talked about learning debate skills, going on an outdoor education trip, and meeting inspiring mentors. The educational experiences she’d had—including attending a top, college-preparatory high school—were because of Breakthrough San Francisco and its executive director, Andy Shin.