“Approximately three-quarters of a million incoming juniors and seniors are not being afforded access to rigorous academic programs, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.” – an excerpt from Addressing Equity in Our High Schools, written by Dr. Nicholas Wahl of Equal Opportunity Schools, for the Wisconsin School News Jan/Feb 2020 publication.
More than 56 percent of Montgomery County Public Schools’ high school students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) course in 2019. Over the past three years, enrollment in AP and IB courses has increased by 6.8 percent throughout the district.
“By partnering with EOS, we can better expand the opportunity for additional students to take advanced-level courses,” said EVSC Superintendent David Smith. “We have been focused for several years now to not only increase the number of students taking advanced level courses, but also to increase their success in those courses. While we have seen consistent growth in both areas, this new partnership will allow us to better expand the diversity of students taking these more rigorous courses which will set them up for success as they enter the workforce or higher education.”
Pasco County Schools, a long-standing district partner, has recently been awarded a spot on the College Board 10th Annual AP Honor Roll! Pasco is one of 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that is being recognized as a leader in making access to—and success in—AP courses a priority, based on data that the College Board has reviewed on the racial diversity of their AP course-takers, AP exam-takers, and AP exam-passers. Congrats to Pasco County Schools on this accomplishment!
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.
For more information, contact: Dr. Sasha Rabkin | Chief Strategy Officer | 206-853-7274