Education Pioneers Opens Admissions for 2011 Graduate School Fellowship Program

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Graduate Students Encouraged to Become Future Leaders in Education Reform

Our vision is to ensure all public school students have the skills necessary to thrive in college, career, and life. We recruit diverse, high-caliber graduate students in order to drive change in urban education.

Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization committed to developing the next generation of public education leadership, announced today it has opened admissions for its 2011 summer Graduate School Fellowship. The program places current students and recent graduates with diverse academic and professional backgrounds at education-related organizations located in seven urban locations across the country with the goal of creating a pipeline of human capital to these organizations in need of their skills.

Recipients of the Fellowship typically go on to permanent positions in the field where they can play a significant role in confronting challenges facing the United States education system.

Selection of Fellows is expected to be highly competitive this year; the 2010 Fellowship program had approximately a 12% admissions rate with nearly 300 Fellows chosen from nearly 2,433 applicants. Candidates come from academic programs in business, policy, law, and education, from top-notch graduate programs such as Harvard Kennedy School of Government, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Howard University School of Law, and University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

To raise awareness about the Fellowship program, Education Pioneers will host recruitment events on 76 university campuses across the country this fall. The organization has a strong commitment to ensuring leaders in education are representative of the communities they serve. Among the organization’s 2010 cohort of Fellows, 50% identified as a person of color. Education Pioneers intend to maintain a diverse cohort of Fellows and will recruit at events such as National Black MBA Conference in Los Angeles and the National Society Hispanic MBA Conference in Chicago.

“Our vision is to ensure all public school students have the skills necessary to thrive in college, career, and life. We look forward to finding another outstanding group of leaders who are committed to making change in public education," said Scott Morgan, founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. "We recruit diverse, high-caliber graduate students in order to drive change in urban education and have maintained an exceptionally high rate of retention with 72% of our recruits working full time in the education sector after their Fellowship experience.”

Once accepted into the program, Graduate School Fellows are matched with education organizations ranging from urban school districts, charter school management organizations, state and federal government agencies, and other education nonprofits. Utilizing their previous professional and academic experience, Fellows spend 10 weeks working on strategic, high-impact projects for their host organization. For education organizations, the program provides an excellent opportunity to secure highly proficient human resources with sought-after skills and tap into a larger network of more than 900 talented leaders.

The program also creates a valuable training ground for the Fellows, the majority of whom will continue on to leadership positions in similar education organizations for their careers. During the Fellowship, Education Pioneers provides workshops for Fellows to sharpen their leadership skills, maximize their effectiveness during the summer, and prepare them to become leaders in the field of education. Education Pioneers also maintains an extensive Alumni network, so that up-to-date knowledge and experience can be shared among former Fellows, and connections can be made to facilitate career transitions.

Successful applicants to the Graduate School Fellowship are either current or recent graduate students with a minimum of two years of full-time professional work experience. Applicants should possess a passion for K-12 urban education reform and skills that are currently in demand in the education sector: finance, strategy, marketing, operations, human resources, curriculum design, professional development, policy analysis, urban education reform, and law. For detailed information on candidate requirements, please visit: http://www.educationpioneers.org.

Candidates may apply online at: http://www.educationpioneers.org.
Priority application deadline: December 15, 2010
Final application deadline: February 1, 2011

About Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers mobilizes and prepares a national network of talented leaders and entrepreneurs to transform our education system into one that equips all students with the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and life. Through the organization's Fellowship and Alumni leadership programs, Education Pioneers increases the talent supply of top leaders in education and improves leadership capacity in key organizations - such as school districts, charter school organizations, and nonprofits - in the education sector. More information about Education Pioneers can be found at http://www.educationpioneers.org.

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