This summer I will be taking part in the Fellowship Program with Education Pioneers. Education Pioneers links graduate students from various programs with organizations that are seeking to improve this nation’s education system. I have no prior experience working in education and I am looking forward to gaining experience over the summer and deciding if education is the right career path for me. The 10 week program started yesterday with a Foundations Workshop, which was attended by the 42 Education Pioneers L.A. Fellows that will be working on various projects throughout the summer.
For the next 10 weeks I will be working with Value Schools, a charter school operator that manages two charter schools in Los Angeles. I will be working with the CEO of Value Schools to develop a strategic growth plan that will allow Value Schools to add three additional schools to its existing two schools. The first part of the project will involve developing a financial model that will project revenues and expenses and the amount of funds needed from philanthropic sources. During the second part of the project we will identify the locations in Los Angeles with the strongest need for a charter school. Once we identify the target locations we will develop a plan for recruiting students and locate a suitable facility that will support Value Schools’ growth needs. The next 10 weeks will be busy, and I am looking forward to a great learning experience this summer.