Education Pioneers Receives $7.6 Million to Increase the Leadership Pipeline in K-12 Education
Ohanian Comment: Don't you just love the metaphor "education pipeline?" All the meanings have direct relevance to the destructive nature of the education pipeline described in this press release.
1. a long tubular conduit or series of pipes, often underground, with pumps and valves for flow control, used to transport crude oil, natural gas, water, etc., especially over great distances.
2. a route, channel, or process along which something passes or is provided at a steady rate; means, system, or flow of supply or supplies: Freighters and cargo planes are a pipeline for overseas goods.
3. a channel of information, especially one that is direct, privileged, or confidential; inside source; reliable contact.
Here's how Education Week covered this Gates grant:
Education Pioneers Snags $7.6 Million Gates Grant
By Michelle D. Anderson
Nearly 350 graduate students and career professionals will join the leadership staffs of some of the nation's largest urban school districts and charter operators this summer, thanks in part to a $7.6 million grant announced Thursday by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. . . continued here
Scott Morgan, founder and CEO of this enterprise, is a former Catholic-high-school teacher and legal counsel to Aspire Public Schools, a California-based charter network. Education Pioneers places its entrepreneurs in outfits such as the New York City-based Uncommon Schools, KIPP DC, the Chicago public school system, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. In a disturbing expose in the May issue of Substance, George Schmidt writes:
According to the Broad Foundation's websites, 23 products of the various Broad training programs, virtually all of them with no experience in public school teaching or administration, are now working in Chicago. Their duties range from budget work to various area offices, always at salaries near or above $100,000 per year (with the highest going to those Chief Area Officers who are also Broads) and unusual power over the activities and decisions of Chicago's public schools teachers and principals.
One of the more dramatic examples of that power came during the past two years, when Akeshia Craven (a former engineer who has never taught K-12 but now serves as a CEO in Chicago) and Alan Anderson (an MBA with corporate experience who has never taught K-12) were part of the hearings that resulted in the closings of several Chicago public schools. . . .
The Broad Foundation has also pumped a few million into Education Pioneers.
Scott Morgan was a Fellow of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Class of 2010. Jean-Claude Brizard, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pick to be new CEO of Chicago Schools, was a classmate, as was Tia Elena Martinez, Strategic Advisor, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. In the Small World of Financial and Influence-Peddling Incest, please note that the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education is also a partner in Education Pioneers (See Partners list below). We expect charter schools to be fulsomely represented. Likewise: Teach for America, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the New Teacher Project,Carnegie Foundation, and so on. But isn't it way past time for someone to ask what the hell the U. S. Department of Education is doing?
Not to mention asking to whom the U. S. Department of Education answers. I, for one, think they should drop their position as an arm of the Business Roundtable.
Question: Who paid the fees for someone working for the US government to participate? Taxpayers in financially-strapped Rochester, New York school district might ask the same question.
The Fellows' Financial Commitment
The Fellowship is a self-funded program of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. Fellows pay a $19,500 participation fee to cover program planning and facilitation and room and board for three seminars. Fellows also pay their own travel expenses to attend the seminars in Aspen, Wye River, and New York. Fellows' fees and costs are covered by their companies.
I want a refund.
The Scott Morgan who is in the pocket of the Gates and Broad foundations looks to be positioning himself to follow in the footsteps of the Scott Morgan who published Morgan Quitno, which garnered guaranteed media headlines for its dubious reports on the "Safest and Most Dangerous Cities," "Most Livable State." and "Smartest State." With the Common Core Assessments in place he and Bill Gates can hold hands in announcing "Worst Teacher in the US," "Best Teacher in the US."
In Chicago, the Broad Foundation paved the way. Now the Gates Foundation turns on the Chicago spigot on its leadership pipeline. One can well ask: Hasn't Chicago suffered enough? This pipeline is devoted to number crunching (which provides manufactured evidence for people crunching). Again from Education Week:
They will take on a range of projects based on the school organizations' needs that may involve data analysis, teacher effectiveness, improvement in curriculum and instruction, implementation of a school evaluation system
Ah, yes, teacher effectiveness.
Show us your numbers, teachers. Hide your heart, your hard work, your devotion. Most of all, hide your advanced degrees and your experience. Just show us the damned numbers manufactured by the bogus tests. As Walt Haney has observed, dog food has more quality control than do standardized tests.
But money talks, and through the expenditure of millions and millions for developing and promoting the Common Core Standards and Assessments, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has convinced both the media and the corporate politicos that data collection and regurgitation is the key to school reform.
But remember this: The data experts Gates is pumping into the school leadership pipeline don't know anything about public schools. Nada. Their task is to crunch numbers and use those numbers to destroy the very idea of teaching as a professional career.
NOTE: Sewage also flows in pipelines.
The Education Pioneers website lists the following as Partners:
Academy for Urban School Leadership: Human Capital, Chicago
Acelero Learning: Early Childhood Education,
Achieve, Inc.: Research/Policy,DC Metro Area
Achievement First: Charter Management Organization/Charter School,New York
Action Center for Education Services and Scholarships (ACCESS): Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Boston
Advance Illinois: Research/Policy, Chicago
Advocates for Children: Legal Services/Advocacy, New York
Alliance for Catholic Education: Human Capital, Chicago
Alliance for College Ready Public Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Los Angeles
AppleTree Early Learning PCS: Early Childhood Education, DC Metro Area
Aspire Public Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Bay Area
Bellwether Education Partners: Consulting Firm, DC Metro Area
Boston Public Schools: School District, Boston
BUILD: Out of School Day/College Prep/College Support, Boston; Bay Area; DC Metro Area
California Charter Schools Association: Research/Policy, Los Angeles; Bay Area
California Community Foundation, Foundation/Philanthropy, Los Angeles
Capital Partners for Education, Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, DC Metro Area
Center City Public Charter Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, DC Metro Area
Champions: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Los Angeles
Chicago Public Schools: School District, Chicago
Citizen Schools: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Boston; DC Metro Area; Houston
City Year: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Bay Area; DC Metro Area
Communities in Schools of the Nation's Capital: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, DC Metro Area
Consortium for Educational Change: Research/Policy, Chicago
Cotsen Family Foundation: Human Capital, Los Angeles
DC Public Charter School Board: Local/Federal Government Agency, DC Metro Area
DC Public Education Fund: Other,DC Metro Area
District of Columbia Public Schools: School District, DC Metro Area
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, DC Metro Area
EdVestors: Foundation/Philanthropy, Boston
ExED: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Los Angeles
Fight For Children: Legal Services/Advocacy, DC Metro Area
Flamboyan Foundation: Foundation/Philanthropy, DC Metro Area
Foundation for a College Education: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Bay Area
Friendship Public Charter Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, DC Metro Area
Generation Schools: Other, New York
Groundwork: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, New York
Harlem Village Academies: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, New York
ICEF Public Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Los Angeles
Jobs for the Future: Research/Policy, Boston
Jumpstart: Early Childhood Education, Boston; Chicago; DC Metro Area
KIPP DC: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, DC Metro Area
KIPP Houston: Charter Management Organization/Charter School: Houston
Learning Point Associates: Consulting Firm, Chicago; New York; DC Metro Area
Life Pieces to Masterpieces: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, DC Metro Area
Lighthouse Academies: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Boston; Chicago
LMU Family of Schools: Other, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Office of Education - Head Start and State Preschool: Local/Federal Government Agency, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District: School District Los Angeles
Lynch Foundation: Foundation/Philanthropy, Boston
Mass Insight: Research/Policy, Boston
Massachusetts 2020: Research/Policy, Boston
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Local/Federal Government Agency, Boston
Massachusetts Executive Office of Education: Research/Policy, Boston
MATCH Charter Public High School: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Boston
MathZee: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Chicago
MLA Partner Schools: Facilities/Operational Support, Los Angeles
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Research/Policy, DC Metro Area
National Association of Charter School Authorizers: Research/Policy, Chicago
National Center for Youth Law: Legal Services/Advocacy, Bay Area
Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Foundation/Philanthropy, Boston
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, New York; DC Metro Area
New Leaders for New Schools: Human Capital, Chicago; New York; Bay Area; DC Metro Area
New Profit Inc.: Foundation/Philanthropy, Boston
New York City Charter School Center: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, New York
New York City Department of Education: School District, New York
NewSchools Venture Fund: Foundation/ Philanthropy, Boston; Bay Area; DC Metro Area
Oakland Unified School District: School District, Bay Area
Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Local/Federal Government Agency,
DC Metro Area
Ounce of Prevention Fund: Early Childhood Education, Chicago
Partners for Developing Futures: Foundation/Philanthropy, Chicago
Partnerships to Uplift Communities: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Los Angeles
Pasadena Unified School District: School District, Los Angeles
PAVE Academy Charter School: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, New York
Perspectives Charter Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Chicago
Policy Analysis for California Education: Research/Policy, Bay Area
Prince George's County Public Schools: School District, DC Metro Area
Project ECHO: Out of School Day/College Prep/College Support, Los Angeles
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Boston
Revolution Foods - Northerrn California: Other, Bay Area
Rocketship Education: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Bay Area
Roxbury Preparatory Charter School: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Boston
San Francisco Unified School District: School District, Bay Area
Silicon Valley Education Foundation: Foundation/Philanthropy, Bay Area
SPARK: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Chicago; Bay Area
St. HOPE Public Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Bay Area
Stand for Children: Research/Policy, Boston
Summer Search: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Bay Area
Synergy Academies: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Los Angeles
Teach For America: Human Capital, Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Bay Area; DC Metro Area; Houston
Teach Plus: Research/Policy, Boston; Chicago
TEAM Charter Schools, Newark: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, New York
The Achievement Network: Facilities/Operational Support, Boston; Chicago; DC Metro Area
The Broad Center: Human Capital, Los Angeles
The Catholic Schools of the Paterson Diocese: School District: New York
The Chicago Public Education Fund: Foundation/Philanthropy, Chicago
The Community Group, Inc.: Other, Boston
The Joyce Foundation: Foundation/Philanthropy, Chicago
The New Teacher Project: Human Capital, Chicago; New York
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools: School District, Los Angeles
The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.: Foundation/Philanthropy, Los Angeles; New York; DC Metro Area
Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Foundation/ Philanthropy, DC Metro Area
UKA Teacher U: Human Capital, New York
Uncommon Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, New York
United States Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights: Research/Policy, Boston
urbanED Solutions: Other, Bay Area
Value Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, Los Angeles
Victory Schools: Charter Management Organization/Charter School, New York
Year Up: Out of School Day/College-Prep/College Support, Boston; Chicago; New York; DC Metro Area
Youth and Education Law Project: Legal Services/Advocacy, Bay Area
YouthBuild USA: Other, Boston; Los Angeles
You can check out these outfits by going to the hot links here
Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help attract top-notch professionals for careers in public education leadership positions
OAKLAND, Calif., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education Pioneers, a national network of leaders and entrepreneurs committed to improving leadership within public education, but outside the classroom, today announced it received a $7.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will allow Education Pioneers to attract and develop more than 500 professionals, many of whom are specifically trained in data and analysis, to work in school districts, public charter organizations and state departments of education. This is the largest grant Education Pioneers has received in its eight years of operation. This award showcases the emerging trend of attracting and placing more talented professionals into education leadership positions -- a priority that was until recently overlooked.
The selected individuals will use their unique skills and prior work experience on projects such as using student-level data to pinpoint areas for teacher intervention, analyzing data and researching best practices to improve curriculum and instruction, developing a strategic plan for a teacher evaluation pilot, and rigorous classroom observation protocols to provide meaningful feedback to teachers. Other projects include expansion plans for quality charter schools that have proven academic success.
"Education Pioneers has filled a real niche by recognizing that school districts and public charter organizations desperately need, but often don't have the budget or time, to attract and keep top talent in positions outside of the classroom," said Don Shalvey, deputy director, U.S. Program, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "Schools and educational organizations that have already benefited from Education Pioneers placements have seen improvements trickle down to the very granular level of improving student achievement. Helping Education Pioneers continue building on that kind of success is a smart investment."
Education Pioneers works with more than 130 organizations across the country, including school districts, government agencies, charter schools, and other leading education groups. The organization operates two Fellowship programs intended to attract professionals at critical career junctures. Their flagship Graduate School Fellowship recruits top graduate students, including MBAs, with at least two years of professional work experience for a summer Fellowship in a leading education organization. The organization's Analyst Fellowship, launched in 2010, attracts early-career trained business analysts from the private sector for a 10-month Fellowship, also within leading education organizations.
Organizations working with Education Pioneers receive direct access to individuals with the skills necessary to improve leadership, data analysis, and project management within education. Some of the organizations include Chicago Public Schools, KIPP DC, Los Angeles Unified School District and the United States Department of Education. Education Pioneers Fellows remain in education at a very high rate, with nearly 70 percent going on to work full-time in the field.
"We are honored to have the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invest in the work that we are doing to drive education reforms in under-served communities across the U.S.," said Scott Morgan, founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. "This grant enables us to place more than 500 talented professionals in positions outside of the classroom, providing teachers and school leaders with the support necessary to provide their students the very best education possible."
Education Pioneers was founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area. It currently operates in Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Chicago, Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Since its launch, Education Pioneers has placed more than 900 Fellows in public education organizations across the country. The Gates Foundation joins the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Robertson Foundation, and the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund as key supporters of Education Pioneers and this initiative.
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.
SOURCE Education Pioneers