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Adebowale Adekile and Maurice E. Dolberry Awarded Competitive Education Pioneers Fellowship Students honored with opportunity to bring professional talents to education reform

Education PioneersAdebowale Adekile and Maurice E. Dolberry, graduate students in Curriculum and Instruction at the UW College of Education, have been selected to receive an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship. They were selected from over 2,000 applicants and are two of approximately 330 Fellows placed throughout the nation in leadership roles dedicated to comprehensive public education reform.

Adekile focuses in research on practices of collaborations between schools and community organizations to create equitable service learning programs. During his fellowship he will be designing an evidence-based culturally responsive after-school curriculum for First Place for Youth, a non-profit organization.

When asked what he hopes to gain from the fellowship, Adekile states,”I will gain enormously from the Education Pioneers professional development workshops, gain different perspectives from other fellows from varying backgrounds -- such as policy, business, and law -- and I hope to gain from the partner organization that I've been placed with for the summer.”

Dolberry, who specializes in multicultural education, will be doing his fellowship with the District of Columbia Public Schools. His research interests include culturally responsive science pedagogy, hip-hop epistemology, critical pedagogy, and public scholarship.

Of his summer work, Dolberry says, “My fellowship is providing me with the opportunity to help plan the implementation of curricula, and to train science and social studies teachers on teaching and lesson planning practices.  It is practical experience for what I want to do when I graduate, which is to engage in public scholarship and consulting - particularly concerning multicultural education in curriculum design and in-service teacher training - while teaching as a professor.”

Education Pioneers, a national non-profit, is a network of leaders and entrepreneurs committed to transforming our educational system so that all students receive a quality education. Distinct from other education reform organizations, Education Pioneers places talented leaders outside of the classroom, partnering with more than 130 key organizations across the country. Partner organizations include school districts, government agencies, charter schools, and other leading education organizations in seven metropolitan areas (Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Chicago, Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles).

Adekile and Dolberry will participate in a 10-week summer program, which offers high-impact work experience as a project consultant, professional development workshops, and access to a robust, nationwide network of industry experts and Alumni. Currently, nearly 70% of Education Pioneers Alumni remain full-time as leaders and managers in the field of education.

"We have a rigorous and selective admission process," said Scott Morgan, founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. "These leaders have the talent, experience, and drive needed to transform our education system and we unite them behind our mission to ensure all students have the skills to thrive in college, career, and life."

Examples of previous Fellow projects include integrating teacher effectiveness research, the development of a student achievement data system for a school district, management of a facilities-renovation project, and preparation of growth and quality expansion plans for charter schools.

More information about Education Pioneers can be found at www.educationpioneers.org.

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