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EOD takes ultimate stage to compete for $100k

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

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, Dallas

EOD goes to Dreamforce

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Each year, Salesforce users from across the globe come to San Francisco to participate in their annual conference Dreamforce. This year 170,000+ thought leaders, IT professionals and change agents came to learn, grow and connect. is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product that works with businesses like Adidas, Amazon Web Services and Farmers Insurance through its cloud computing software.

Their philanthropic side is which is a result of their 1-1-1 model: 1% of their product donated, 1% of each employee’s time dedicated to volunteer work, and 1% of their financial resources (equity) to a those making a difference.

This year, Impact Manager Celestino explored Dreamforce to learn how we as an organization can better use the tools and resources made available to us through Darting across San Francisco’s downtown, Cel attended sessions hosted by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Anti-Defamation League and United Way.

As our Data and Systems Manager he took sessions like, “Become a Data Management Rockstar” and “Show me the Impact.” EOD collects a student survey and assessment from all students before and after our program. In these sessions, Cel learned data cleaning strategies and how to tell our data’s story. Salesforce wasn’t all info sessions; there were hands on trainings, guest talks from Michelle Obama and new product displays, all the things you’d want from the world’s largest technology conference in the best setting!

Celestino Carreon is an Impact Manager, where he supports both local and remote sites. Cel also supports data, operations and special projects. Prior to joining the team at EOD, Cel was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. McDuff at Dallas Can Carrollton-Farmers Branch

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

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 Roadmap to Success teacher spotlights at Dallas Can Carrollton-Farmers Branch! Mr. McDuff was nominated by his Impact Manager, Summerlin Northrup, to be spotlighted.

“This is Mr. McDuff’s first year teaching Roadmap to Success at Carrollton Farmers Branch Texans Can, although he has been an educator for over 20 years. Mr. McDuff’s passion for helping his students succeed, even through difficult situations, is evident in the way that he prioritizes building relationships with them. His energy and excitement for teaching Roadmap to Success is motivating for his students, and he makes the content come alive for them by tailoring the material to make it relevant to their lives. It is impossible to be in Mr. McDuff’s room and not smile because of the difference he is clearly making in his students’ lives.” — Summerlin Northrup

Read on for an interview with Mr. McDuff! (more…)

#OneUpThat offers chance at up to $100k & voting is open!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

This October, exciting things are happening at Education Opens Doors! Thanks to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Ground Floor program, we will be participating in a campaign called One Up the Vote. Following Hurricane Harvey, One Up the Vote was postponed 4 weeks, and we are excited to dive in. Voting is now open!

As a recent GroundFloor Fellow, our Director of Operations Andy Lovley participated in a month-long “Bootcamp” to develop our innovation, received high quality mentoring and was awarded significant funding to support our vision of a virtual component to our program. One Up the Vote is an opportunity for us to win up to $100,000 in additional funding from the United Way to pursue that vision– and it’s a competition!

We will be competing against six other organizations, nonprofit and for-profit, from September 27-October 26.

There are four weekly prizes (each worth $12,500) and a grand prize worth $50,000. The winners are solely determined by voting. One Up the Vote is an opportunity for you to help us gain additional funding and increase our impact– with only the quick click of a mouse.

Week 1: September 27-October4

Most Unique Voters
Announced October 5

Week 2: October 5-11

Most Shared Votes
Shared votes are received by voting and then sharing your vote on social media from the One Up website
Announced October 12

Week 3: October 12-18

Most Repeat Voters
Announced October 19

Week 4: October 19-25

Largest percentage increase in votes over week 3
Announced October 26

Voting ends October 26 at midnight, and the grand prize winner (most votes overall) will be announced on October 27. The grand prize winner is awarded $50,000 and a spot to pitch at One Up the Pitch next April. So what are you waiting for? Click the link and bookmark the voting page, because voting begins in less than a week!

Dates have been updated to reflect the delay of the One Up the Vote campaign following Hurricane Harvey.

Mayor’s Summer Intern fellow Angelica shares her experience at EOD

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

As a rising senior at Skyline High School, I knew the last two years of high school  would be the most important and possibly filled with the most responsibilities. Because I never had a job until now, I didn’t know what it would be like to work in an actual working environment. I had known about the Mayor’s Interns Fellows Program (MIFP) for a long time, but because I was not a Dallas ISD student, I wasn’t able to get the opportunity to participate in the program until I transferred into Skyline High School as a junior. Coming in as a junior with excellent grades, I was given some amazing opportunities. Participating in MIFP is one of those great opportunities. I was extremely excited to start the journey of working for a Dallas organization and see what new experience I might gain.

The process of getting into the program was long and I had to be extremely patient. The application process consisted of essays, multiple choice questions and survey questions. I had to wait months to figure out if I made it into the program and if any companies wanted to hire me based off my application. Eventually after the long wait, I got the announcement that I made it into the program and seven companies wanted to have an interview with me! One of those many companies was Education Opens Doors. Sandra, an Impact Manager at EOD, interviewed me. I had many questions and I was eager to learn what this company had to offer to all students. Soon enough, I heard back from my college advisor that Education Opens Doors had hired me! I was so excited that I would be working with Education Opens Doors Education Opens Doors was an easy choice and I couldn’t wait to meet the people I would work with! On my first day I felt extremely welcomed and met my fellow intern, Victor. Every single staff member was kind and very helpful; we even had the chance to all eat together. People’s attitudes did not change from the first day; they continued to be kind and helpful. I got to learn a lot about every single staff member when I had an informational interview with them.  Everyone, especially my supervisor Sandra, was willing to help and cooperate with me for whatever I needed. Every question I had was answered and my colleagues demonstrated appreciation for my accomplishments.

During my time at EOD, I was able to perform many tasks and establish new skills. One of the projects I worked on was to edit Do-Now slides and questions. I created questions that students would like to be asked at the beginning of each lesson that they worked on. I also worked to create and edit Teacher share out slides and questions, where I brainstormed questions that students could ask their teachers at the end of the lesson. For example, one question that students might ask is “Did you receive a scholarship to go to college?” These questions enable students to learn more about their teacher’s experiences and hear first-hand accounts of the college-going process. When performing these tasks, I was able to share my opinions and thoughts in my work.

Another project that I had was to simply give feedback on the parent workshops, sharing my honest perspective and viewpoint. Additionally, I worked on the photo and book audit, ensuring that all photos that were included in the book currently were purchased stock photos. Lastly, I worked on powerpoint revisions, eliminating animations, making edits to powerpoints, changing vocabulary and aligning all words and pictures together. Working on all of these projects, I was able to self-motivate and prepare my mindset to finish and focus on my work. Because I had various responsibilities, I managed to develop better organizational and communication skills.

I am very thrilled to see what Education Opens Doors has in mind for the future of all of our students! EOD has  an amazing and hard working team who I believe will certainly make the organization rise higher than they already are. I would like to thank everyone for being so cooperative and understanding. I could not have asked for a better to team to work with this summer.


Angelica Juarez

Angelica Juarez is a Mayor’s Intern Fellow Intern working at Education Opens Doors. She is a class of 2018 senior at Skyline High School. Angelica is always looking for something new to experience. She loves adventures, playing the guitar, being able to sew in her high school’s fashion cluster and being a colorguard performer.

Summer Intern Victor reflects on his experience at EOD

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

During high school, I went through many different experiences. As a freshman I was given the opportunity to assist with the Mayor’s Intern Program. So many things got in my way that I wasn’t able to apply to the program my junior year. After that year, Education Opens Doors (EOD) came around and, as ironic as it might sound, this internship actually opened a door for me.

At my high school, Hillcrest High School, I am in a four year program called the Academy of Engineering. This program requires students to have at least one internship in order to be NAF Certified (NAF is an organization that provides different programs for students in high school in order to be future ready). NAF solves some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. (more…)

First Annual Dallas Gala brings new supporters to EOD

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

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!


May Teachers of the Month: Robert T. Hill Middle School

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

We are excited to highlight the teaching team at Robert T. Hill Middle School as the Team of the Month for May!

Hill’s Impact Manager, Courtney Fadley, chose to highlight Hill. Courtney shared with the Hill team that she chose to highlight them because “as a team, you all rallied around our program from the very beginning. It is not often that we have schools start in January and complete as much of the program as you all have, especially with 6th graders! You all have taken the opportunity to encourage, engage, and empower the young minds of your students with information that is so crucial to their futures. I love being ears and eyes in your classrooms as you facilitate the program. The following quote from one of your 6th graders is such a great picture of what you all as social studies teachers bring to our program.

‘Success to me means that you can do something you actually like doing and maybe even being able to travel around the world.'”

The teaching team at Hill Middle School: Ms. Neal, Mr. Jarvis and Ms. Eldred

Not pictured: Mr. Smajlovic

Read on to learn more about team lead Ms. Neal!


April Mentor of the Month: JJ Ponce

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

This month Education Opens Doors is thrilled to highlight one of our unique partnerships. Not all Roadmap to Success teachers are traditional classroom teachers! Our April mentor of the month is JJ Ponce, a mentor with  Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM). AEM works to inspire and encourage young men and women to excel academically, professionally and, ultimately, in their communities. Mentors utilize the Roadmap to Success to encourage students to find and develop their passion, support students as they navigate through high school and transition into college, assist with college applications and funding and developing interpersonal skills. We’re excited to share more about their work and one of their fantastic mentors, JJ!


Now Hiring! Impact Manager: Job Description

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments


Education Opens Doors (EOD) is an innovative education non-profit committed to empowering historically underrepresented students to purposefully navigate through high school to college. Nationally, 95% of underserved middle school students aspire to go to college, yet only 8% attain their Bachelor’s degree within 6 years. EOD fills a unique niche by implementing the Roadmap to Success program in the middle school grades to increase students’ college knowledge and attainability.

The cornerstone of the Roadmap to Success Program is a self-guided student manual titled Roadmap to Success. The manual is composed of college and career knowledge, as well as soft skills not taught in traditional academic courses.  We provide interactive curriculum addressing topics such as planning for high school, calculating GPA, interviewing, creating resumes, exploring post-secondary options and careers, and applying for financial aid. Using a train-the-trainer model, Education Opens Doors provides our partners with yearlong program support including professional development for teachers and continued bi-weekly in-school support, correlating instructional tools delivered via engaging PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans, complimentary parent workshops, and outcomes-based data collection and analysis.

Since our inception in 2012, EOD has grown from two to nine team members, established more than 75 partnerships with schools and nonprofits, and empowered over 23,500 students across Texas.


Education Opens Doors is seeking one (1) Impact Manager to join our highly motivated and collaborative Dallas-based team for the 2017-18 School Year. The responsibilities and qualifications for the Impact Manager position are listed below.


The Impact Manager will join a driven, dynamic, and growing team, who are currently supporting over 100 educators and 8,500 students across Texas with the life-changing Roadmap to Success Program. The Impact Manager is responsible for supervising the effective implementation of the Roadmap to Success Program and collaborating with the team to continuously grow the impact of the program and organization.

Additionally, each Impact Manager oversees specialty areas within the organization. In a given week, each member of the Impact Manager team will spend between 30%- 50% of their time managing their specialty area. This provides a unique opportunity to be both in the community supporting programs as well as leading organizational initiatives and priority projects. Current specialties include Strategic Partnerships, Data & Evaluation, Curriculum, and Marketing. For the coming academic year, EOD is looking for Impact Manager candidates with interest in the following specialty areas:

  • Community Liaison and Volunteer Management
  • Education Technology and Innovation

Impact Manager Responsibilities

Year-Long, On-Site Teacher Support

  • Cultivate positive relationships with school administrators and program teachers
  • Prepare and deliver program orientation presentation to teachers (“train the trainer”)
  • Manage logistics for the successful program launch and close of assigned program sites
  • Tailor the sequencing of lessons and materials for program sites as needed
  • Conduct ongoing program site visits and track lesson observations for program fidelity
  • Provide meaningful, timely support to teachers throughout the academic year
  • Obtain feedback from teachers, students, administrators, and other stakeholders
  • Drive program goals and results by making data-informed decisions
  • Document implementation (photos, video, etc.) and best practices
  • Lead meetings with principals to prospect and secure future partnerships

Roadmap to Success Program Support

  • Collaborate with Impact Manager Team and Curriculum Team to continuously evaluate curriculum and improve The Roadmap to Success Program
  • Support the Data and Evaluation Specialist with delivery and collection of student, teacher, administrator, and parent assessments and surveys
  • Collaborate with EOD Team to plan and execute events and fundraisers as needed

Impact Manager Qualifications & Mindsets

Required qualifications

  • 2+ years working in a school setting or relevant experience
  • Demonstrated success in influencing and motivating adults
  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining meaningful community partnerships
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects independently
  • Ability to produce quality work under tight deadlines with minimal oversight
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills across a variety of mediums
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proficiency in the following software: Microsoft Office Suite, Box, Salesforce, Google Drive
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working as an educator or with educators
  • Exemplary ability to think critically and synthesize data to make decisions
  • Experience working with people from underrepresented demographic backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.)
  • Strong understanding and analysis of timely issues affecting education, including the opportunity gap, access to resources, district zoning, and large district politics.


  • Mission Oriented: Committed to social, economic and racial justice
  • Driven: Possesses a diverse skill set and is proactive about learning new skills
  • Collaborative: Willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise, debate their merits, and make final recommendations
  • Adaptable: Excited to work in a fast-moving small team environment, where each staff person assumes multiple responsibilities while striving to achieve shared goals
  • Self-reflective: Open to receiving and giving ongoing feedback
  • Positive: Passionate, sense of humor, open to adventure, fun


Salary for the position is competitive and depends on prior experience. Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and a minimum of two references to one of the following:

In the subject line, please include Your Name and Job Title.


Education Opens Doors, Impact Manager Search

P.O. Box 601971

Dallas, Texas 75360

Attn: Jayda Batchelder, Founding Executive Director

Education Opens Doors is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, religion, ancestry, color, race, ethnicity or creed.  LGBTQ individuals and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 7th, 2017