Education Pioneers Sees 70 Percent Increase in Fellowship Applications

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Nearly 7,000 top graduate school students and early career professionals apply to launch high-impact education leadership careers

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“Transforming education into the best-led and -managed sector in the U.S. to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education requires exceptional people to build high-performing organizations and systems of great schools.” - Scott Morgan

Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit organization committed to transforming education, announced today that nearly 7,000 top graduate students and early career professionals applied to participate in the selective Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship and Analyst Fellowship, a more than 70 percent increase in applications from 2012. Of the applicants, approximately 450 top candidates have been selected to participate in the 2013 Fellowships.

“We are thrilled to see this large increase in applications from emerging leaders who seek to join our leadership network and advance the important work of our partner organizations,” said Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. “Transforming education into the best-led and -managed sector in the U.S. to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education requires exceptional people to build high-performing organizations and systems of great schools.”

Education Pioneers has plans to grow its programs and impact beyond the 2013 program. The organization’s goal is to attract, prepare, and advance 10,000 education leaders and managers by 2023. Education Pioneers is also developing more robust support for its Alumni network, currently over 1,600 strong, as these leaders and managers transition into greater levels of responsibility in education. Education Pioneers is currently focused on raising and earning $30 million to support the organization’s growth through 2014.

During their Fellowships, Education Pioneers Fellows work outside the classroom to help implement or advance important initiatives that directly support teaching and learning success inside the classroom. Fellows also work alongside industry experts and cohort peers, and learn about key education challenges to deepen their understanding of the complexities of K-12 public education. Beyond their Fellowships, more than 70 percent of Education Pioneers’ Alumni in the workforce have chosen to work full-time in the education sector.

Fellowship applicants hail from graduate programs from top public and private universities nationwide – including the University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, and Duke, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale – and from top employers such as Accenture, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, KIPP Schools, Achievement First, and Teach For America.

Education Pioneers Fellows’ knowledge and experience include strategy, finance, operations, data analysis, marketing, human resources, curriculum design, policy analysis, and law. More than 1,600 Fellows have brought their unique skill sets to more than 180 education organizations nationwide through the Fellowships.

“It is fantastic news for the education sector that Education Pioneers saw a seventy percent jump in applications for their Fellowship programs this year,” said Aimée Eubanks Davis, Chief Public Affairs Officer/Chief People Officer for Teach For America and an Education Pioneers board member. “The sector is hungry for more top talent, and to see increasing demand for high-impact roles in the education sector from emerging leaders is incredibly promising.”

Education Pioneers continued to see strong interest from applicants with private sector experience and business backgrounds. Of the applicants to the Graduate School Fellowship, 53 percent have full-time work experience in the private sector, and 24 percent are MBA students. For the Analyst Fellowship, 59 percent of applicants have full-time work experience in the private sector. In addition, approximately 53 percent of all applicants self-identified as a person of color.

“I’m thrilled to become an Analyst Fellow and align my passion for education with the consultant skillset I developed over the past two years at Accenture,” said Alan Fritzler, an IT Strategy Analyst at Accenture and incoming 2013-2014 Analyst Fellow. “I cannot wait to contribute my analytic skills to help ensure that all children learn in schools that are operated more effectively.”

About Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers mobilizes and prepares a national network of talented leaders and managers to accelerate excellence in education and 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 programs, Education Pioneers increases the talent supply of top leaders in education to improve the leadership capacity in key education organizations—such as school districts, charter school organizations, and nonprofits—and to advance the goal to make education the best led and managed sector in the U.S.

More information about Education Pioneers can be found at http://www.educationpioneers.org.

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