Forging new connections among educators to support first generation and lower-income students
Typically, attention in public education is focused on the struggling – schools, teachers, and students – hoping to ‘leave no child behind’. This leaves few resources for the most successful teachers in the system, thus constraining the scope of their impact. We name these highly successful educators as Pivotal Educators, and they are who we seek to elevate and support.
We all know about the Pivotal Educators in our own lives. At colleges and universities, we know about these Pivotal Educators from our students who talk with profound gratitude about their high school teachers and mentors who best prepared them for the intellectual excitement and rigor of college.
Pivotal Educators are serving high school students as mentors, confidants, quasi college counselors, as well as being exceptional teachers. That’s why we believe it’s time higher education began to serve them.