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Teacher Spotlight: Andrew Rhodes, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School

We’re excited to shine the spotlight on Andrew Rhodes, a 4-8th grade Social Studies teacher at...


Teacher Spotlight: Andrew Rhodes, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School

We’re excited to shine the spotlight on Andrew Rhodes, a 4-8th grade Social Studies teacher at...


Teacher Spotlight: Jeannette Glass, Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Middle School

We are excited to spotlight Mrs. Glass, the College & Career Readiness teacher at Zan Wesley Hol...


Teacher Spotlight: Jeannette Glass, Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Middle School

We are excited to spotlight Mrs. Glass, the College & Career Readiness teacher at Zan Wesley Hol...


Teacher Spotlight: Patti Smith, James L. Collins Catholic School

We are excited to spotlight Mrs. Smith, who was nominated for a teacher spotlight by her Impact Mana...


Teacher Spotlight: Patti Smith, James L. Collins Catholic School

We are excited to spotlight Mrs. Smith, who was nominated for a teacher spotlight by her Impact Mana...


Teacher Spotlight: Richard Lambert, Texans Can Academy- San Antonio

We’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on Richard Lambert, a business & data teacher at Tex...


Teacher Spotlight: Richard Lambert, Texans Can Academy- San Antonio

We’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on Richard Lambert, a business & data teacher at Tex...


Teacher Spotlight: Anavelia Smart, Houston Can Academy- North

We’re excited to bring back our teachers spotlights this spring! We’re kicking it off by...


Teacher Spotlight: Anavelia Smart, Houston Can Academy- North

We’re excited to bring back our teachers spotlights this spring! We’re kicking it off by...


Innovation at EOD

In 2012, Education Opens Doors launched when Jayda Batchelder, our founding ED, quit her job and started planning from her living room how she would scale the Roadmap to Success program to more students in Dallas. Seven years later, we have 12 team members and a brick and mortar office– but we’re still striving to …

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Education Opens Doors highlighted in Teach for America impact video

We’re excited to congratulate our friends at Teach for America- DFW on 10 years of service in the region! Many of our team, including our founding ED Jayda, hail from Teach for America classrooms. Recently Teach for America released a video on its Texas impact, and you might recognize a familiar face! Impact Manager Sandra …

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Education Opens Doors receives CultureMap Dallas Holiday Spotlight

At EOD we are currently in the midst of year-end giving, and so excited to be focusing on recurring giving this season. As part of our campaign, we were spotlighted by CultureMap Dallas, a media organization with whom we have previously had the privilege to partner for promotion of our annual gala. Click here to …

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Education Opens Doors mentioned in Stand Together op-ed for Dallas Morning News

In a recent Dallas Morning News opinion piece, Education Opens Doors received a shout out from Stand Together, a funding organization that works with nonprofits across the US to build organizational strategy and increase capacity. Stand Together shared an update on their work in Dallas and their partner organizations in the city in alignment with &...


Teacher Spotlight: Candice Jones, Fort Worth Can Academy- Lancaster Avenue

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Candice Jones teachers 11th and 12th grade credit recovery at F...


Teacher Spotlight: Candice Jones, Fort Worth Can Academy- Lancaster Avenue

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Candice Jones teachers 11th and 12th grade credit recovery at F...


Teacher Spotlight: Leia Gray, Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Leia Gray is a 7th grade College and Career Readiness teacher a...


Teacher Spotlight: Leia Gray, Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Leia Gray is a 7th grade College and Career Readiness teacher a...


EOD Impact Manager Sandra Godina awarded scholarship to attend NCAN

Education Opens Doors is thrilled to share that Impact Manager Sandra Godina will attend and present at the National College Access Network Conference next week. Godina will co-present a workshop entitled “Can’t Stop Racism Without Talking About Race” with EOD Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder. Congratulations to the ot...


PSAT Resources for Parents and Teachers

It’s PSAT testing season! If you’re the parent or teacher of high school students, you may have heard this acronym without fully understand what it means. Here’s a quick primer on the PSAT along with some resources to help students prepare for the test. What is the PSAT? The PSAT is a standardized test offered …

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EOD Founding ED Jayda Batchelder featured in “Voyage Dallas”

Education Opens Doors is pleased to share that Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder was inte...


Education Opens Doors announces new branding and website

[From the newsletter] Since our founding in 2012, Education Opens Doors has come a long way – from just a few classrooms in Dallas to reaching over 33,000 students! With the new school year comes new growth and new changes. You may have seen our new logo roll out earlier this spring if you attended …

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Education Opens Doors announces move to the Meadows district

We are pleased to announce that we have a new home! Earlier in July we moved to the historic Meadow ...


Education Opens Doors mentioned in Dallas Morning News article

In a recent Dallas Morning News opinion piece, “10 Crucial Decision Points in Your Child’s Education,” DMN Assistant Editorial Page Editor Elizabeth Souder cites critical points along a student’s educational journey, beginning in preschool. As an organization committed to equity in education, EOD has explicitly stated our pr...


EOD Founding ED Jayda Batchelder to join Leadership Dallas

Education Opens Doors is pleased to announce that our Founding ED, Jayda Batchelder, has been selected to participate in this year’s class of Leadership Dallas. This local fellowship will allow Jayda to build relationships with other innovators and community minded leaders in Dallas and bring those relationships and learnings back to EOD. Fro...


Education Opens Doors pitches at the Stand Together Final Convening

As a part of the Stand Together Catalyst program, Director of Programs Amy Tran-Calhoun recently had the opportunity to give a 10 minute long TED-style talk about the history, mission and work of Education Opens Doors. Interested in learning more about our model and why it matters? Watch her talk here....


EOD Founding ED Jayda Batchelder featured on Common Ground Podcast

While in Malaysia recently Education Opens Doors Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder was interviewed on the Common Ground podcast. The Common Ground podcast focuses on interviews with founders of social enterprises to learn about their impact and leadership lessons. The podcast is a great opportunity to hear the story of EOD from Jayda and...


Team Culture at Education Opens Doors: a guest blog by summer intern Kaleb

The Education Opens Doors team, with Kaleb (center) and Sandra (to his right) My Name is Kaleb Reed ...


Team Culture at Education Opens Doors: a guest blog by summer intern Kaleb

The Education Opens Doors team, with Kaleb (center) and Sandra (to his right) My Name is Kaleb Reed ...


Teacher Spotlight: Carlos Navarro, Uplift Luna Preparatory

8th grade health and physical education teacher Carlos Navarro was nominated for a teacher spotlight...


Teacher Spotlight: Carlos Navarro, Uplift Luna Preparatory

8th grade health and physical education teacher Carlos Navarro was nominated for a teacher spotlight...


Teacher Spotlight: Janet Maher, Immaculate Conception School

Math and science teacher Janet Maher at Immaculate Conception School was nominated for a teacher spo...


Teacher Spotlight: Janet Maher, Immaculate Conception School

Math and science teacher Janet Maher at Immaculate Conception School was nominated for a teacher spo...


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 … ...


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 … ...


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 …

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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...


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...


Teacher Spotlight: Adrienne McCann-Cook

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Adrienne McCann-Cook always has additional insight and stories to share with her students about her personal educational journey and path to college. “Mrs. McCann-Cook truly believes in her students and wants them to accomplish their biggest hopes and dreams. She is constantly working with students to help...


Teacher Spotlight: Adrienne McCann-Cook

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Adrienne McCann-Cook always has additional insight and stories to share with her students about her personal educational journey and path to college. “Mrs. McCann-Cook truly believes in her students and wants them to accomplish their biggest hopes and dreams. She is constantly working with students to help...


Sharing a passion for college: the Uplift Peak Roadmap team

At Uplift Peak Preparatory, a team of four teachers implement the Roadmap to Success program. The Peak teachers share a passion for helping their scholars get to college! The Peak Roadmap team: Maddie Davis, Caroline Harris, Kathlyn Carney, David McLeod. Read on below for their personal interviews and stories of impact from their experience teachin...


Sharing a passion for college: the Uplift Peak Roadmap team

At Uplift Peak Preparatory, a team of four teachers implement the Roadmap to Success program. The Peak teachers share a passion for helping their scholars get to college! The Peak Roadmap team: Maddie Davis, Caroline Harris, Kathlyn Carney, David McLeod. Read on below for their personal interviews and stories of impact from their experience teachin...


EOD Founding ED Jayda Batchelder honored with Parkland Community First Award

We are pleased to announce that EOD Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder has been spotlighted in the Dallas Morning News for receiving the Parkland Community First Award. As a Community First honoree, Jayda will participate in a series of events to better understand the history of Parkland and its impact in the community alongside 11 &helli...


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 …

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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 …

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EOD goes to Dreamforce

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. Salesforce.com is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product that works with businesses like Adidas, Amazon Web Se...


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

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 Roadmap to Success teacher spotlights at Dallas Can Carroll...


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

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 Roadmap to Success teacher spotlights at Dallas Can Carroll...


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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Summer Intern Victor reflects on his experience at EOD

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 …

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Summer Intern Victor reflects on his experience at EOD

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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April Mentor of the Month: JJ Ponce

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, professi...


April Mentor of the Month: JJ Ponce

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, professi...


Putting some SAS into our data

In April 2014, I met Jayda Batchelder at a coffee shop in Lower Greenville to learn about Education Opens Doors (EOD). I was really engaged and impressed by EOD’s origin story, the gap that the Roadmap to Success filled in the Dallas community, and how data driven and sustainable the model was. By July 2014, …

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March Teacher of the Month

Our March teacher of the month is Ms. Edwards, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. Ms. Edwards was nominated by her Impact Manager, Sandra Godina, for her dedication to the Roadmap to Success program and her students. Read on to learn more about her background, why she chose to teach …

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March Teacher of the Month

Our March teacher of the month is Ms. Edwards, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. Ms. Edwards was nominated by her Impact Manager, Sandra Godina, for her dedication to the Roadmap to Success program and her students. Read on to learn more about her background, why she chose to teach …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Growing and Envisioning with Social Venture Partners-Dallas

For the past three years, Education Opens Doors has been a beneficiary of a Social Venture Partners- Dallas (SVP) advising team. SVP’s mission is to “cultivate effective philanthropists, strengthen nonprofits, and invest in innovative solutions—building powerful relationships to tackle our community’s social challenges.” With a shared inv...


Student-led Learning with Sandra

Read on to find out how the newest member of the curriculum team, Sandra,  has developed a fun, new resource for teachers and students! Since joining the team at Education Opens Doors in August, I have supported the implementation of our curriculum in dozens of classrooms. On a weekly basis, I see students participate in …

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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 knowledg...


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 knowledg...


January Student of the Month

Our January student of the month is Tamika, an 11th grader at Houston Can Academy Southwest. She has big dreams of becoming an entrepreneur after high school and to study at Sam Houston State University- read on to hear more about how her experience with the Roadmap to Success is helping her get there!...


January Student of the Month

Our January student of the month is Tamika, an 11th grader at Houston Can Academy Southwest. She has big dreams of becoming an entrepreneur after high school and to study at Sam Houston State University- read on to hear more about how her experience with the Roadmap to Success is helping her get there!...


January Teacher of the Month

Our January Roadmap to Success teacher of the month is Mr. Haroon, a 7th grade Texas Studies teacher from Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Mr. Haroon ends each class by asking, “What are we spreading?” His students respond, “Joy!” He lives this creed each day by preparing his students to be college ready.   Durin...


January Teacher of the Month

Our January Roadmap to Success teacher of the month is Mr. Haroon, a 7th grade Texas Studies teacher from Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Mr. Haroon ends each class by asking, “What are we spreading?” His students respond, “Joy!” He lives this creed each day by preparing his students to be college ready.   Durin...


December Student of the Month

Our December student of the month, Paula, hails from Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill, ISD. Paula has accomplished a lot in her 8th grade year, including: Leading a team of students to interview the Founder and Executive Director of Education Opens Doors, and writing the questions that the students asked during the interview Helping … <...


December Student of the Month

Our December student of the month, Paula, hails from Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill, ISD. Paula has accomplished a lot in her 8th grade year, including: Leading a team of students to interview the Founder and Executive Director of Education Opens Doors, and writing the questions that the students asked during the interview Helping … <...


December Teachers of the Month

This month, we’re excited to shine the spotlight on Dallas Can Oak Cliff. There are four Roadmap teachers at Dallas Can Oak Cliff: Mr. Barry, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Price, and Ms. Alvarez. Their impact manager chose to highlight them because they work as a teacher team and do so successfully. They also have a lot …

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December Teachers of the Month

This month, we’re excited to shine the spotlight on Dallas Can Oak Cliff. There are four Roadmap teachers at Dallas Can Oak Cliff: Mr. Barry, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Price, and Ms. Alvarez. Their impact manager chose to highlight them because they work as a teacher team and do so successfully. They also have a lot …

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November Student of the Month

Announcing Breanna, our November student of the month! Breanna is our first featured student of the month for the 2016-2017 school year. She is a seventh grader and attends Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Read on to learn a little more about her plans for the future!...


November Student of the Month

Announcing Breanna, our November student of the month! Breanna is our first featured student of the month for the 2016-2017 school year. She is a seventh grader and attends Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Read on to learn a little more about her plans for the future!...


November Teacher of the Month

We are so excited to be featuring our first teacher of the month for the 2016-2017 school year! For November we’re highlighting Gregory Charles Cross, a 7th grade Texas History teacher at Sarah Zumwalt Middle School....


November Teacher of the Month

We are so excited to be featuring our first teacher of the month for the 2016-2017 school year! For November we’re highlighting Gregory Charles Cross, a 7th grade Texas History teacher at Sarah Zumwalt Middle School....

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