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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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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 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...


#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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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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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...


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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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...


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. During our R...


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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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....


Hello and Happy Fall from the EOD Team!

The 2016-17 school year is well underway, and as we start this season of thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to give you, our friend and supporter, an update on this school year and the growth that we’ve experienced to date thanks to your support. The foundation of this school year is laid on …

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Top 3 things to know about applying for financial aid in 2016-2017

Getting money to go to college is a huge part of the college going process; students and families are often unfamiliar with how to apply for financial aid or if they even qualify to receive financial assistance. As part of Education Opens Doors’ Roadmap to Success program, we support students as they learn the college …

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Courtney’s Leap of Faith & Curriculum Evolution!

In 2013, I left my job as an educator to become the second half of a start-up organization, Education Opens Doors. Naturally, as most people would, I (and my husband) had some reservations. The organization had only existed for 9 months! We certainly questioned… “Will I get a paycheck each month?” “Will I have a …

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Mayor’s High School Intern Farewell and Reflection

Through the generosity of The Beck Group and the Dallas Foundation, we were able to hire an intern this summer through the Mayor’s High School Intern Fellowship. Brenna was our first high school intern at EOD, and we were so impressed with her level of positivity, commitment to her work, and dedication in learning new …

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Celebrating our Pro Bono Partners!

  EOD is incredibly fortunate to have the support of so many community members. These supporters have strengthened EOD’s capacity to fulfill our mission, and provided inspiration and knowledge that has directly benefitted thousands of students in the Dallas area. We are thankful, and hope to honor, our pro bono volunteers, whose contribution...


July Student of the Month

We are celebrating our July student of the month, Andrew! Andrew is an 8th grader at Hector P. Garcia Middle School who participates in the Roadmap to Success program....


June Teacher of the Month!

We have another teacher of the month to celebrate! This month we highlight and honor Ms. Jeannie Walker. Ms. Walker is an AVID Coordinator and Elective Teacher at H. Grady Spruce High School ....


Essay Contest Results!

EOD is so proud to announce our 2016 Roadmap to Success Essay Contest Winner, MawLi! For our essay contest, students were asked to reflect on their futures. In a one-page essay, students either reflected on how their own strengths would impact their futures, their community, and their world, or they imagined themselves 10 years in …


April Teachers of the Month!

  This month we celebrate two remarkable teachers, Ms. Vargas & Ms. Morehouse! Both are City Year AmeriCorps teachers in 8th grade math.                 City Year and Education Opens Doors were looking for ways to leverage our potential for student impact at our common campuses. In a meeting …...


April Student of the Month!

  The April Student of the Month celebrates Destiny! Destiny is an 8th Grader at Francisco Pancho Medrano Middle School. Here is what Destiny has to say about her plans for the future, and how the Roadmap to Success has helped her to dream up and plan to achieve those plans! What do you plan …

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We’re Growing!

  Spring at EOD is a very busy time! For Impact Managers, this time of the year is filled with ...


New Social Media Pages to Engage Students and Parents

This blog post was written by Amy Tran, an Education Opens Doors (EOD) Impact Manager and Data Specialist. Earlier this spring, I stopped by a Dallas middle school campus to visit six teachers who implement the Roadmap to Success Program in their pre-college classes. It is my second year supporting the campus, and this year, …

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Roadmap Teacher of the Month: March

The Roadmap to Success Teacher of the Month for March is Mr. Pablo Ovalle. Mr. Ovalle is a Special Education TA at Uplift Grand Preparatory. Congratulations Mr. Ovalle!   Alma Mater: Cedar Valley College Area of Study: Automotive Technology Favorite high school or college memory: One of my favorite memories in high school was attending Forens...

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