April Bowman, William Wong Named Education Pioneers Fellows

April Bowman, William Wong Named Education Pioneers Fellows

April Bowman

April Bowman and William Wong, both students in the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program, were awarded Education Pioneers Fellowships for projects in education entrepreneurship. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on developing talented leaders capable of transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students to support partners across the nation.

This summer Bowman will work in Dallas with Uplift Education, a nonprofit charter management organization that runs 17 charters in Texas. She will be designing a college support system for charter school alumni and a college tour program for grades 6 to 11.

Wong will work with Chicago Public Schools to help implement a transition plan for the consolidation of four high schools. The work includes creating a marketing strategy to engage the new school’s community stakeholders, implementing a freshman connection initiative and creating a process for auditing student transcripts.

“My primary interest is education, especially how to make college accessible for low-income students and students of color,” says Bowman. She finds Uplift Education a good fit with her goals.

The Education Pioneers project allows her to put into practice what she has learned in the MSLOC program. She says that understanding she has gained of change management, decision making and strategic performance will enhance the results the organization is striving for. “Within the program there are so many tools and models that are widely applicable to the work I’ll be doing,” she says. “I’ll be coming in with my toolkit from MSLOC.”

William Wong

Wong, who also says he plans to use many of the change management theories, concepts, and frameworks he has learned, says he applied to Education Pioneers for the opportunity to work in education. “I felt that Education Pioneers could help me leverage my business/consulting skills and apply them in the education sector,” he explains. He also looks forward to being involved with the “incredible” Education Pioneers alumni network, which he expects will help him understand the political, social, and economic aspects of education reform.

For several years, MSLOC students have won Education Pioneers Fellowships. In 2009 Erica Labowitz won a fellowship to work with Partners for Developing Futures, a social venture firm that invests primarily in charter schools. In 2008 Christine Leung (MS08) worked with City Year service corps in Boston; and in 2007 Meghan Tallent-Bennis (MS07) was a fellow with the Chicago Public Schools.

The Education Pioneers Fellowship Program provides high-achieving graduate students in business, education, law, public policy and other programs with an opportunity to make an impact with an education organization. Along with other fellows, Bowman and Wong will participate in professional development geared toward better understanding of key education issues and learning from those leaders who are already making a difference in the field. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/20/12