Joining Vision and Action is thrilled to announce that we are launching a search for an Education Director of the James Walton Fund (Name TBD) of the Walton Family Foundation.
This foundation job is an incredible opportunity for someone with 10-15 years of experience in education reform, who has great strategic, relationship and network building talents and who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children.
As an engineering undergraduate at Colorado School of Mines, James Walton, grandson of Sam and Helen Walton, regularly volunteered with local schools, working directly with students. One day, he walked into a Montessori charter school that had been a previous Walton Family Foundation grant recipient. Observing a group of children independently engaged in learning within a structured environment, it occurred to him:
- This seems to be a unique and important way of helping children succeed
- Why is this school model wildly underrepresented within the public school system?
Since that moment, James Walton has devoted his time and his investments to better understanding child-centered approaches. He has worked on the ground as a Montessori high school apprentice and dedicated observer. He started a Montessori teacher-training center. His grants have expanded beyond Montessori to organizations and research that serve students in a holistic way and support diverse school options.
A long-term vision: That all students have viable access to a healthy variety of instructional models, each with an intentional and aligned approach to meeting the unique academic, cognitive and developmental needs of its students.
As education director of this fund, you can join James in the realization of this vision and make a significant difference in the lives of all children.