A year ago, Education Pioneers made the courageous decision to depart from our conventional alumni engagement strategy to an innovative network strategy. Our new direction employs tactics that build relationships amongst our alumni rather than to our institution. This reorientation required us to challenge our assumptions about how we develop education leaders capable of transforming education in the 21st century.
Our fellows hail from the country’s most selective business, education, policy, and law graduate programs that have turned leadership development into a rich social science, but have also built their programs around the navigation of traditional hierarchies and the common scenarios of an institution. In order to build a professional network of leaders that work across agencies, Education Pioneers is revamping our curriculum to include components that teach emerging leaders how to turn to one another to accelerate change in the field.
As Education Pioneers’ director of network strategy, I reviewed academic literature and boiled the salient findings down to five network leadership competencies that we’re weaving into our curricula at Education Pioneers.
Read on for a look at practices that you can use to advance your career and deepen your impact as a professional.