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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 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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Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

EOD takes ultimate stage to compete for $100k

On April 12, 2018, Education Opens Doors Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder will take the ultimate stage at One Up the Pitch! Jayda will give a fast pitch to a panel of celebrity judges in front of a live audience (that’s you!). The judges will award a $75,000 prize, and you’ll be voting EOD for the $25,000 audience prize. Grab your friends and get your tickets here (early bird special ends March 22). One Up the Pitch April 12, 2018 7-9 pm The Bomb Factory,...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Events, News | 0 comments

First Annual Dallas Gala brings new supporters to EOD

This past fall, Education Opens Doors finalized a partnership with the Boxer Bowtie Club, a New York based nonprofit, to partner for a black tie gala this spring. We jumped full time into planning this spring, and on May 6, the community came together for a successful evening sharing the story of Education Opens Doors with many new supporters at Trunk Club Dallas. The event kicked off at 6 PM with a VIP happy hour where Boxer Bowtie Club members and Education Opens Doors staff greeted key supporters. A steady flow of supporters streamed in, picking up a white, blue or grey wristband and taking full advantage of the photographers on site to get a snap with the Boxer Bowtie Club mascot, Helios, who was decked out in a boxer-themed bow tie for the evening! Guests had the chance to hear from a variety of speakers during a brief presentation at the gala. Kale Butcher from Boxer Bowtie Club shared about the history of Boxer Bowtie Club, a New York nonprofit that...

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Events, Success Stories | 0 comments

Roadmap to Success in action at L.V. Stockard Middle School

Education Opens Doors recently hosted a site visit at L.V. Stockard Middle School, where the Roadmap to Success began! Site visits are a way for donors, potential partners and community members to visit a school that implements the Roadmap to Success and see the program in action. Guests also have the opportunity to speak to students, teachers and administrators of the program to hear about their experiences and get a first-hand account of the assets and some of the challenges they face on their campus. Mr. Varrassi, the principal at Stockard, kicked off the day by discussing his role on campus (he is in his second year as principal), how the Roadmap to Success is implemented and some other middle school highlights. He also talked about the feeder high school that Stockard feeds into and the Business Technology program offered there. Education Opens Doors Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder shared some of her personal story and the history of Education Opens Doors at Stockard, the school where she taught...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

EOD shines at the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit

Recently our Executive Director, Jayda Batchelder, had the opportunity to speak at the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit in Dallas. EYFT  is a day-long summit of speakers, panels and workshops designed both to energize current educators and interest potential future teachers.  Jayda was asked to be the closing keynote speaker, and share her knowledge to current and future teachers as a powerful closing call to action. 2017 marked the third annual Extra Yard For Teachers summit held in Dallas as part of a partnership with the College Football Playoff National Championship. EYFT originated out of a desire to give back to the communities and teachers that support student athletes. 2017 was a particularly notable year as it marked the launch of a community-wide initiative, TeachDFW.org, that aims to elevate the teaching profession and attract high quality educators to the DFW region. Above: Byron Sanders, Todd Williams, Jayda Batchelder, and Jaime Casap Both photos courtesy Kim Leeson With breakout sessions in a variety of categories, from becoming an excellent teacher to...

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