Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program

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Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship

The REEP Business Fellowship for School Leaders is an exceptional one-year business training program designed for K-12 educators in the Houston area who want to learn how to apply business theories to the public school setting. Graduates complete the program well versed in the business, innovation, organization, and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to affect powerful change. Upon successful completion of all coursework and a rigorous innovation project, participants receive a graduate certificate from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

The REEP Business Fellowship offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the traditional educational framework. The spring semester will start in February 2016 and consist of evening, day and weekend sessions. During the summer, students will join REEP MBA students at the Summer Institute. The final months include a combination of skill development, coursework, and cohort-based work.

Raise Your Hand provides a grant ($8,500 per participant to pay all tuition expenses) as well as a modest stipend for each school leader who is accepted into the program and works in a district meeting the grant requirements.


Million dollars invested (to date)


Principals sponsored


Public school principals have to make similar decisions to executives in the corporate world. They have to recruit, develop, and coach teams of administrators, teachers, and staff. They have to manage budgets. They have to hone their listening skills and master the art of clear communication. Then, there are marketing and community relations campaigns, issues and crisis management, legal and human resources issues — the list goes on. The principals we send to REEP receive comprehensive guidance on how to run their schools more like successful CEOs run their businesses. But, what do REEPsters (as they call themselves) say they get out of the program?

We call ourselves REEPsters because we feel like we’re part of something extraordinary. A REEPster is part of a very special fraternity or sorority – leaders who have had the opportunity to participate in a beautiful mountaintop experience.”
Patricia Cantu, REEP alum
ESL Director - Alief ISD