SAN JOSE – Education Pioneers announced today it has received a $1.2 million grant from The Broad Foundation (pronounced “brode”) to triple the number of top graduate students it recruits into summer internships with leading education organizations. Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area, recruits, trains and places high-achieving graduate students from pre-eminent business, law, public policy and education schools to work for the summer in urban school districts, charter management organizations and educational nonprofits across the country. Three out of four Education Pioneers alumni continue to work full-time in the field of education following graduate school.

“Education Pioneers is providing an incredibly important bridge for promising young business, law, public policy and education leaders to enter the world of education reform and lend their talents where they are desperately needed –to improve opportunities for our inner city youth,” said Eli Broad, a renowned business leader and founder of The Broad Foundation, a national education venture philanthropy.

The internships are part of Education Pioneers’ rigorous, 10-week, full-time, summer “Fellows Program,” which currently operates in Boston, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Fellows are placed in large, urban school districts or in leading education organizations including California Charter Schools Association, KIPP Foundation, New Leaders for New Schools, New Profit Inc., NewSchools Venture Fund and the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence. Fellows spend the summer working for experienced education leaders on projects ranging from strategic planning to policy and legal research to finance, marketing and fundraising. Throughout the summer, Fellows also attend training sessions, weekend retreats and networking events to connect with and learn best practices from education leaders. In the next two years, the program will expand to additional cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., thanks to The Broad Foundation grant.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Broad Foundation to dramatically increase the number of talented, emerging leaders developing the skills, knowledge and networks to transform urban public education,” said Scott Morgan, founder and president of Education Pioneers. “Graduate students in our program are truly pioneers on the frontier of major efforts to close achievement gaps and improve teaching and learning.”

Of last year’s 365 applicants –a third of which came from Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley –only a select 17 percent, 62, were chosen to participate as Fellows. Upon completing the program last year, 98 percent of Fellows –nearly all –reported that they would recommend the Fellows Program to other students.

“The Education Pioneers experience strengthened my resolve to work in education, gave me a foot in the door to a large urban school district –that became a full-time offer –and broadened my network of education professionals,” said Allison Wyatt, a 2007 M.B.A. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management who worked in Boston Public Schools.

Nearly all employers participating in the Education Pioneers program –97 percent –report that they would recommend the Fellows Program to other education employers.

Education Pioneers

Founded in 2003, Education Pioneers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to training, connecting and inspiring a new generation of education leaders to transform educational systems so that all students receive a quality education. Education Pioneers will accept applications for the 2007 Fellows Program from December 15, 2006 through February 15, 2007, with priority applications due by January 15, 2007. Additional information about Education Pioneers is available at: www.educationpioneers.org.

The Broad Foundation

The Broad Foundation is a Los Angeles-based venture philanthropy established in 1999 by Eli and Edythe Broad. Eli Broad is a renowned business leader who founded two Fortune 500 companies, SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home. The mission of The Broad Foundation is to dramatically improve student achievement in urban public school districts through better governance, management, labor relations and competition. The Broad Foundation’s Internet address is: www.broadfoundation.org.

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