The PAHARA MOSAIC

Key Findings from the 2021

Pahara Network Survey

Earlier this year, the Pahara community completed our first all-Network Survey. 
 

Informed by our leaders' responses, we are better positioned to support and sustain our community. Read on for key findings!

Thank you to our Fellows for engaging.

Survey Goals

Better understand the nuanced identities of Pahara Fellows

Learn what Fellows need, and what

they'd like to offer

Uncover how members of our community

are connected

Hear how Fellows want to be represented on the Pahara website

83% of Pahara Fellows completed the survey!

WHAT

FELLOWS NEED

So that we are best positioned to sustain our leaders, we wanted to understand what Fellows view as the biggest challenges in the education sector and where their greatest leadership needs exist.

Biggest Challenges in Education Today

Pahara Fellows named the following as the top challenges they face in their work:

Systemic Racism

COVID

Innovation

Equity

Leadership

So that Pahara is prepared to support Fellows with these challenges, we asked what our network's greatest needs are. Top leadership needs named by Fellows include:

Succession Planning

Growth

& Scaling

1st Time

CEO Support

Amplifying

Impact

What is one of the biggest challenges you face in education today?

“How to enact equity leadership as a whole human (knowing for some that may mean stepping down to create space for others to lead). How to take advantage of this truly extraordinary moment in time to fundamentally reimagine, re-architect, and re-envision the future of learning in this country.” - Pahara Fellow

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WHO 

FELLOWS ARE

Together, Pahara Fellows form a beautiful tapestry threaded by diverse lived experiences and identities. This is a small snapshot of our Fellows' unique perspectives that also highlights where we can increase representation.
TOP FELLOW ROLES
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FELLOW CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

To better understand the connections that exist to the students and communities served, we gathered information about Fellows’ childhood contexts.

Childhood Socioeconomic Status

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Special Needs Designation

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Key Findings: Overall, 5% of Fellows who answered the question grew up with a special needs designation. Special needs designation was evenly distributed across racial / ethnicity lines.

English Learner Status

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Key Findings: 32% of Hispanic or Latinx Fellows who answered the question had English Learner status.16% of Asian Fellows who answered the question had English Learner status.

ADDITIONAL CHILDHOOD experience data (use dropdown arrows)

K-12 Experience with Foster Care


Key Finding: The majority of Fellows did not experience foster care as a child. This was consistent across race and gender and socioeconomics.




K-12 Experience with Homelessness


Key Finding: Overall, the majority of Fellows did not experience homelessness. The age group from 31-40 had the highest percentage that had some experience.




K-12 Experience as an Undocumented Student


Key Findings: A majority of the Fellows that experienced being undocumented were Hispanic or Latinx.The Hispanic or Latinx Fellows that were undocumented were spread across all age groups evenly.




First-Generation College Student





Generational Status


3rd generation and higher: you are U.S.-born and have two U.S. native parents 2nd generation: you are U.S.-born but have at least one parent born outside of the U.S. 1st generation: You were born outside of the U.S. 1.5 generation: You were born outside of the U.S. but immigrated when you were a child/adolescent





"A few months ago, I completed a Pahara survey that I thought was really powerful. It was the first time I was asked to answer questions that I thought painted a strong picture of who I am… Often, as a Person of Color, I don’t get to share my fullness and this really allowed me to do just that..." - Pahara Fellow

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HOW

FELLOWS CONNECT

The Pahara community is close to 850 Fellows strong across 37 cohorts. Through the Fellowship experience, many leaders have developed lifelong relationships. We learned there is already strong connections across cohorts and much more possibility for how we can generate Network Effect.

4,298

Fellow-to-Fellow connections highlighted in survey responses

5.8

Average number

of connections

per Fellow

88%

Percent of Fellows actively connected to at least one other survey-taking Fellow

Fellows named the following as the top reasons for connecting within and across cohorts:

Wellness & sustainability check-ins

General catch-up

Feedback/thought partnership on a topic

Feedback/thought partnership on a leadership decision

Thought

Partnership

Share

Resources

Growing My Network

Equity

Work

Fellows are already leveraging the network. However, there are more areas in which they'd like support. The top ways Fellows want to leverage the Pahara Network include:

How do you want to leverage the Pahara Network?

“For support. The pandemic has magnified my feelings of loneliness as a leader. Now and again I’ve leaned into the Pahara network for support. Each time I feel uplifted. I need to do that more.” -Pahara Fellow

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WHERE

WE'RE HEADED

SelectioN

Following the survey, we have a stronger understanding of our network's collective profile, and where we can increase representation.
 
We have incorporated findings into recruiting efforts for the new Pahara Fellowship cohorts (launching in 2022) and will continue to do so.
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