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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.
Ah, summer. Those glorious months of free time unbelievably hard work for education organizations to get ready for the upcoming school year. Ensuring your schools and offices are fully staffed. Teacher preparation and development. School operations planning, expansion, and growth. And much more. So how do you make the most of the summer to ensure you and your team will be unstoppable in the school year? Three ways to start:
Ever heard “it’s cheaper to keep a current customer than to acquire a new one”? Well, the same is true for employees. Losing one of your team members can cost you an estimated 90% to 200% of their annual salary. If you want to keep your best people on board, you have to invest in them with the 4 “Cs” of Employee Retention: Compensate, Commend, Challenge, and Career.
Paris Woods is just getting started. As a low-income student attending St. Louis public schools, Paris overcame steep odds to succeed. And along the way, she grew more and more determined to change the system for other kids like her.
An EP colleague reminded our team recently that Monday’s holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. isn’t a day off. Instead, it’s a “day on” to serve in remembrance of the leadership and legacy of one of our nation’s greatest heroes. In the all-too-recent past, we’ve seen countless examples of racial and systemic injustice—the same kind of injustices that Dr. King spoke out against over 50 years ago. As Dr. King reminded us all then, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” We cannot be silent. In that spirit,...
Paris Woods didn’t have a typical education. To let her tell it, “ I experienced an interesting series of events growing up ,” and that would be saying the least. The journey from kindergarten to high school graduation in St. Louis, Missouri was not a smooth one for Paris. But despite all of the struggles she had to overcome, Paris never let her dream waiver to succeed and to start a nonprofit focused on low-income students.