Tulane grad Jayda Batchelder first became immersed in Dallas education while a corps member of Teach for America, working as an eighth grade teacher in South Oak Cliff.
There, she learned that the average Texas guidance counselor is responsible for nearly 450 students, equating to only 38 minutes of college guidance per student per academic year — a ratio Batchelder knew was simply not enough.
Batchelder founded Education Opens Doors in 2012 and has since expanded from one Dallas classroom to hundreds across Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and New Orleans.
Now, more than 33,000 Dallas County middle school students are better prepared for college thanks to Education Opens Doors. And this month, EOD has launched its End of Year giving campaign with high aspirations to have its most impactful year to date, all to better set its students up for success in the coming year.
The Dallas-based nonprofit equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to realize their college and career potential.
EOD uses a proven, data-driven curriculum to go beyond content mastery and teach middle schoolers what their options are and — more importantly — how to achieve their post-high school goals. By showing teachers how to better equip their students for the future, EOD's program gives students the tools and soft skills needed to pursue the path that is best for their goals.
And it's working, according to both quantitative and qualitative metrics. As a result of the program, students demonstrated increased motivation, ambition, and agency toward their goals and dreams. Education Opens Doors has a 100 percent return rate from school principals who enroll in the program.
And yet, of the 107,000 middle school students in Dallas County, EOD only reaches 8 percent of them. But that's where you can help. Philanthropic dollars will allow the nonprofit to expand its sustainable model of proven success. EOD has launched its End of the Year giving campaign to bring on new supporters who are passionate about the workforce of the future.
Read more about the program, including student and teacher success stories, on Education Opens Doors' website, where you can also donate.