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Five UW College of Education Students Awarded Competitive Education Pioneers Fellowship

Students honored with high-impact education leadership role

Five UW College of Education students have been selected to participate in the 2012 Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship. These students were selected from over 2,350 applicants and are among approximately 330 Fellows placed throughout the nation in leadership roles across the education sector to transform our nation's education system. In 2012, the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship had an admissions rate of less than 15%.

Congratulations to Amber Banks, Ivan Barron, Maria Muzzo, Dudney Sylla, and Nitya Venkateswaran.

Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit, aims to transform education into the best led and managed sector in the U.S. economy so that all children receive a high-quality education. Distinct from other education reform organizations, Education Pioneers places leaders outside of the classroom, and believes top talent in the right education organizations will improve the performance of these organizations, resulting in improved education for our nation's students.

"In order to transform education into the best led and managed sector, we will need the brightest and most talented leaders," said Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. "The recently accepted Graduate School Fellows have the skills, knowledge, and desire necessary to lead this transformation, and we are thrilled to have recruited such strong candidates."

Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellows will participate in a 10-week summer program that offers high-impact work experience as a project consultant and includes professional development workshops, and access to a robust, nationwide network of industry experts and Alumni.

Examples of previous Fellow projects include integrating teacher effectiveness research, the development of a student achievement data system for a school district, management of a facilities-renovation project, and preparation of growth and quality expansion plans for charter schools.

Founded in 2003, Education Pioneers has grown into a thriving national organization operating in 16 cities with a network of over 1,200 leaders and partnerships with more than 160 education organizations. Partner organizations include school districts, government agencies, charter schools, and other leading education organizations. Currently, over 70% of Education Pioneers Alumni remain full-time in education as Directors, Managers, and CEOs for leading education organizations.

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 our goal to make education the best led and managed sector in the U.S. economy.

Visit Education Pioneers at www.educationpioneers.org.

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