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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Success Stories, Teacher Spotlight | 0 comments

Teacher Spotlight: Carlos Navarro, Uplift Luna Preparatory

8th grade health and physical education teacher Carlos Navarro was nominated for a teacher spotlight by his Impact Manager Summerlin Northrup. Summerlin shared, “Mr. Navarro built strong relationships with his students from the start of the year. On my first encounters observing his class, I watched him welcome each student with a unique secret handshake.  He is an example of a teacher focused on learning about his students and making sure that the bonds he has with them are strong, and because of this, the Roadmap to Success material was well received in his classes. It was exciting to listen as Mr. Navarro’s students asked him questions that they probably were not comfortable sharing with all of their teachers, and that is when the magic of the program really happens.” Read on to learn more about Mr. Navorro’s experience with the Roadmap to Success!   Alma Mater: Dallas Baptist University Area of Study: M.Ed. in Kinesiology Favorite College Memory: Hearing family cheer me on as I received my diploma....

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Success Stories, Teacher Spotlight | 0 comments

Teacher Spotlight: Janet Maher, Immaculate Conception School

Math and science teacher Janet Maher at Immaculate Conception School was nominated for a teacher spotlight by her Impact Manager Summerlin Northrup. “I have had the privilege of being the Impact Manager at Immaculate Conception and it has been a joy to watch Mrs. Maher facilitate the material with her 7th and 8th grade students,” Summerlin shared. “Mrs. Maher makes the content enjoyable and relatable for her students by adding in funny anecdotes and showing students videos like what not to do in an interview. Mrs. Maher’s students have fun in her class, and she is one of those teachers that students say, ‘Yes, I have Mrs. Maher’s class next!’ and they look forward to coming to her class. Those teachers are rare to come by, and we are lucky to have her teaching Roadmap to Success!”   Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington Area of Study: Physical Education with a certification for all Elementary (1-8) subjects Favorite College Memory: During college, I really enjoyed going out to...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Second Annual Dallas Bowtie Benefit opens doors for Roadmap students

We c0-hosted the second annual Dallas Bowtie Benefit on April 14, 2018 with Boxer Bowtie Club at Trunk Club Dallas. The event raised $66,000 and all net proceeds benefit Education Opens Doors, allowing us to continue to expand access to the Roadmap to Success program to more students. CultureMap Dallas profiled the event, highlighting the 360 photo booth (provided by CultureMap), the silent auction and the speakers, describing the event as “hav[ing] it all: a handsome young crowd, great food and drinks, and a cause that everyone can get behind.”  Roadmap to Success principal Jonica Lockwood-Crowder and student Johanna alongside emcee Byron Sanders Read the CultureMap article...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Education Opens Doors takes Madrid!

This April, I had the opportunity to represent Education Opens Doors at the BBVA Momentum Global Summit in Madrid, Spain. Education Opens Doors was one of only 14 innovative entrepreneurs across the world invited to be a part of the Summit! I’ll begin by stating how incredibly appreciative I was of the opportunity to be able to share with other social enterprises from Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and Turkey the impactful work that we do. From the bank and our fellow entrepreneurs, there was an incredible outpouring of interest and agreement in the value and critical need for the Roadmap to Success program. Recognizing how our organizational cause is not simply a local, but truly a global issue was conversely both disheartening and empowering. Hearing the challenges of other educational systems, I couldn’t resist considering the expansion of our program to Spain in the future! The 2 days of class at the BBVA campus were filled with sessions ranging from Technology for Social Good, Agile Methodology, Big Data, and Digital...

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Education Opens Doors Mission Wins Over the Audience at “One Up the Pitch”

Last night, months of preparation and planning at Education Opens Doors culminated at One Up the Pitch, a “sharks with hearts” pitch-style competition for nonprofits. Following our earlier participation in the United Way Ground Floor program, we were selected to take the stage alongside four other incredible organizations doing critical work in Dallas: CEO, First 3 Years, Scholarshot and Youth With Faces. Jayda gave a strong pitch and clearly the audience agreed. As Fox 4 News reports, we won the $25,000 audience prize! It’s exciting to see the work that these 5 organizations are doing get recognition in the local media. Congrats to Scholarshot for walking away with the Social Innovator of the Year Award! Stay tuned for more updates on the Virtual Roadmap, our innovative solution to scaling to reach more students across Dallas and beyond with critical college knowledge and soft...

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