August 3, 2017

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced its 2017-2018 Indiana MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership class. This year’s class includes Weston Bonczek, a 3rd grade teacher at Clarence Farrington School 61.

This is the fourth year for this program focused on training aspiring leaders for high-need Indiana schools and includes 51 educators working toward degrees at Indiana State University, the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

UIndy was the first college in the state to participate in the program, which launched in Indiana in 2014, through a $14.5 million grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Foundation Inc. Fellows are nominated by school or charter leaders. The foundation says participants take education-related MBA courses to prepare future district or school leaders who will “drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international standards and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.”

The program is also currently offered in New Mexico and Wisconsin. Foundation President Arthur Levine says “through the Indiana MBA in Education Leadership, Indiana University, Indiana State, and UIndy are ensuring a strong pipeline of exemplary, inspirational school and district leaders to lead our schools while ultimately boosting student success for all. This year’s 51 Indiana MBA Fellows are part of a strong commitment to school improvement across the state.”