EOS Partners with COSEBOC to Present Virtual Gathering of Leaders

Seattle, WA – May 26, 2020, Equal Opportunity Schools, a Seattle-based national nonprofit announces their upcoming virtual gathering of leaders in partnership with COSEBOC (Coalition of Schools Educating Boys Of Color) focused on healing-centered engagement. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Shawn Ginwright and the virtual event will take place on Thursday, May 28th from 9AM-11AM PST (12PM-2PM EST).

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EOS’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Equal Opportunity Schools is reaching out to assure you that we are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and are working to ensure we meet the needs of our partner districts, schools, and individuals as well as provide for the health and safety of our employees.

We realize this public health crisis has already been disruptive to your district schools and communities and wanted to share what we’re doing to support both our partners and employees in this time of crisis. Steps that we are taking, include:

  • Closing the Seattle office and transitioning all employees to work remotely, from their home. This ensures your districts and schools continue to receive ongoing support.
  • Instituting a no travel policy nationwide to protect everyone from potentially being exposed to COVID-19.
  • Postponing all in-person meetings including regularly scheduled school visits, Equity Leader Labs, regional convenings, and participation at conferences.
  • Ensuring our employees have access to the necessary solution platforms, required equipment, and supplies to continue interactions and engagements with you, our partners.

We recognize that we are operating in challenging times and thank you for your assistance, patience, and concern for all. We face this unique challenge together as one EOS family. Likewise, we encourage you to look into your communities for ways you might be of service to those who are most adversely affected by the virus and its impact on our society: particularly in the populations we aim to serve.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide regular communications as we receive updates. Above all, we wish for the health and safety of you, your colleagues, and your loved ones as we work through the COVID-19 challenge together. For questions and concerns, please contact us.

EOS’ COVID-19 Statement

Equal Opportunity Schools Names Byron V. Garrett New CEO

Seattle, WA., November 18, 2019 — The Board of Directors at Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) is pleased to announce the hire of Byron V. Garrett as the new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

Dr. Deborah Wilds, EOS Board President, said “We could not be more thrilled to have found someone of Byron’s caliber to lead EOS. His voice, vision, and experience make him a unique leader. We are confident that he will successfully propel EOS into the future. In Byron, we have found the ideal leader to serve our amazing partners and build the national dialogue around equity in schools.”

Founded in 2010, EOS has worked in over 600 schools in 30 states. These partnerships have improved the accessibility of advanced learning classes to over 38,000 students of color and low-income students. EOS provides the coaching, data analytics and student identification tools necessary to ensure equity happens for students of color and low-income students – many of whom are missing from the challenging college prep opportunities they deserve.

“EOS has built one of the most dynamic networks of school and district partners in the country. We are proud of the work we have done. We believe in our staff and know our mission is timely and urgent. Byron joins EOS at an exciting time and we can’t wait to support him in the continued improvement and evolution of our work,” said Dr. Wilds.

A longstanding national leader in education, Byron most recently served as CEO of the National Family Engagement Alliance. The former education advisor, federal program leader, and K-8 school principal had this to say about the opportunity, “I am honored to join the amazing team at EOS as we build upon the incredible successes over the past decade. The work of racial equity and social justice in education is key to ensuring students of color and low-income students have access to the appropriate coursework to prepare them for success,” said Garrett.

Byron replaces Reid Saaris, EOS Founder and former CEO who stepped down in February, 2019. “EOS wouldn’t be where we are today without Reid’s vision. We are thankful for his work in service of equity and access,” said Dr. Wilds. The Board is also grateful for the leadership provided by Deb Merle who served as the interim CEO for the past ten months of 2019.

The Board of Directors warmly invites current and former partners to join them in Atlanta, March 2-3, 2020, as EOS celebrates their 10-year anniversary at the Equity and Excellence Symposium. During this special event there will be an opportunity to meet Byron and other members of the EOS team. To register, or for more information, please visit: https://eoschools.org/news/events/

Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure that students of color and low-income students have equitable access to America’s most academically intense high school programs and succeed at the highest levels.

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For more information, contact: Dr. Sasha Rabkin | Chief Strategy Officer | 206-853-7274

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EOS Named as a Leading Education Equity Organization

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In Wake of Admissions Scandal, Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) Named as a Leading Education Equity Organization

EOS Focuses on Reducing Barriers to Higher Education for Students of Color and Low-Income Students

Seattle, WA—Amid the college admissions scandal that exposes new levels of privilege in the education system, MarketWatch names Equal Opportunity Schools as one of the top five organizations working to reduce barriers to higher education for underserved students.

Recent news reveals a more salacious side of a flawed system that favors white and wealthy students. While the story has drawn headlines, EOS recognizes these inequities are neither new nor surprising, and has dedicated their work to reduce these system-wide inequities.

MarketWatch, Morningstar, and People Magazine recognize EOS’ decade of work to expand college preparation and readiness for students of color and low-income students. The organization works across the country to close Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) equity gaps, ensuring students of color and low-income students, no matter their background or zip code, have access to academically challenging courses. Academic intensity in high school is proven to improve college completion over any other factor and is a key measure of success.

Equal Opportunity Schools has worked with over 540 schools in 29 states to help more than 38,000 (and counting) students from underserved backgrounds get placed—and succeed—in rigorous academic programs for the first time.

“We are proud to be recognized for this critical, and often overlooked work. We hope this news cycle sheds light on the systemic changes our country must make and the importance of this work,” said Kia Franklin, Senior Director, Partnerships. “This is the time to keep investing in young people. The realities faced by students from marginalized and underserved backgrounds is not new and nor are the solutions. This is a reminder that we can must address the deep inequities in our education system.”

Senior Director of Partnerships, Kia Franklin is available for media comment upon request. EOS can provide additional background information and data on systemic inequities to interested media.

Key Data Points About the System

  • The AP/IB equity gap is a national problem, impacting three-quarters of a million students each year who are prepared to succeed in rigorous courses but are overlooked due to their demographics, limited information, or a false notion about who belongs in classes that will prepare them for the future.
  • According to Education Trust, nearly 650,000 students of color and low-income students are “missing” from challenging, high-school coursework each school year (2013).
  • Research from Cliff Adelman demonstrated that academic intensity in high school drives college completion more than any other factor.
  • 73% of all jobs require more than a high school degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • People without a college education are less likely to have a job than their college-educated peers (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce), and the likelihood of them being employed has decreased since 2015 (67% of high school-only grads age 25-64 were employed in 2015, down from 73% in 2007. During the same time period, Same aged college grads: employment only went from 84 to 83%).

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About Equal Opportunity Schools
Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure students of all backgrounds have equal access to America’s most academically intense high school programs, and particularly that students of color and low-income students have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels. The nonprofit organization’s partnership model is consultative, collaborative, and requires a commitment to specific and measurable results. Since its incorporation in 2010, EOS has helped more than 540 schools identify tens of thousands of students of color and low-income students who qualify for – but are missing from – Advanced Placement or other rigorous levels of coursework. EOS is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

For more information, contact:
Tofa McCormick | Marketing Communications Manager | Tofa@EOSchools.org | 206.790.2940

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Deb Merle Appointed as Interim CEO

EOS Board of Directors Appoints Deb Merle as Interim CEO

Seattle, WA January 28, 2019 – The EOS Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Debora (Deb) Merle begins today as the Interim CEO for EOS. She replaces Reid Saaris who is stepping down as CEO effective February 1, 2019.

We are fortunate to have an Interim CEO who has passion for our work, unique qualifications for the role, and a highly collaborative style. During Deb’s career in public education research, advocacy and policy making, she worked to advance equity with a particular focus on how best to equip students of color and low-income students for success in college. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of statewide programs that made demonstrable differences in the lives of students in Washington state. Deb has also earned a reputation for ensuring smooth operations as an interim leader of educational organizations during times of significant transition.

Deb Merle said, “Equal Opportunity Schools is an amazing organization full of people dedicated to improving the lives of students of color and low-income students by ensuring access to rigorous high school programs that will prepare them well for college. I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the team during this transition and can’t wait to get started.”

Deb Merle will serve as the Interim CEO until a permanent CEO is hired in the next six to nine months. Reid Saaris will continue to support the organization though his ongoing work with the Board and as an external advisor.

About Equal Opportunity Schools

EOS’s mission is to ensure students of all backgrounds have equal access to America’s most academically intense high school programs, and particularly that low-income students and students of color have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels. The nonprofit organization’s partnership model is consultative, collaborative, and requires a commitment to specific and measurable results. Since its incorporation in 2010, EOS has helped more than 540 schools across 29 states identify tens of thousands of low-income students and students of color who qualify for – but are missing from – Advanced Placement or other rigorous levels of coursework. EOS is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. www.eoschools.org.

For more information, contact:
Tofa McCormick | Marketing Communications Manager | Tofa@EOSchools.org

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