March 2018 UPDATE from District 6220 2014-2015 Global Grant Scholar, Tracy Wilichowski
Rotary District 6220
2014-2015 Global Grant Scholarship (GGS) recipient:
Tracy Wilichowski, Marathon, WI.
Previous studies, degree, experience:
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh-B.S, History/Philosophy; minor in Social Justice
- The Desire Society, India; activities coordinator
- Teach for America corps, teaching in Miami, Fl. inner city school
GGS Rotary Area of Focus: Economic and Community Development
- Place of Study: London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom
- Studies & Degree: Master in Development Studies
- Host Club: Rotary Club of Kew Gardens, London, United Kingdom
March 2018 Update:
From January to June 2017, I worked as a consultant for The World Bank Group in Washington, DC. As part of my role in the Education Global Practice, I support both analytical and operational activities related to teacher practices and behavior, basic education, and service delivery in developing countries. Specifically, I aid in coordination and application of Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) tools. SABER uses diagnostic tools and detailed policy information to collect and analyze comparative data and knowledge on education systems around the world, highlighting the policies and institutions that matter most to better promote learning for all children and youth. Currently, I assist clients on projects in Tanzania, Romania, Afghanistan, Uruguay, and Punjab, Pakistan.
Since July 2017, I've transitioned to a staff position where I provide analytical support to the Director of the Education Global Practice. I assist in coordination of high-level global education events through conceptualization; internal and external communications; preparation of event materials, briefs, and logistics; and day-of support. I also manage relationships with key partners by assisting in coordination of in-person meetings, preparation of briefing materials and presentations for senior management, and representation of World Bank Group at partner events. In this capacity, I prepare, coordinate, and edit inputs for education publications, including research papers, blogs, presentations, and issue briefs.
As part of my role, I’m also involved in the development and oversight of an open source classroom observation tool, designed to capture what’s happening in classrooms around the world. This tool was created to capture how teachers develop students’ social and emotional skills in addition to standard pedagogic instructional practices in developing countries. The tool is free, open-source, and can be easily adopted in different contexts with no intellectual property restraints. It is intended to be used by researchers, as well as principals, pedagogical advisors, coaches, and inspectors across a variety of settings. Thus far, I have helped oversee the implementation of the tool in the Philippines, Uruguay, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mozambique.
Where I have worked since completing GGS:
- Senior Associate, impactXdesign
- Strategy Consultant, eSolidar
- Project Management Consultant, Excellent Development
How work connects to career plans in Economic and Community Development:
In all the positions I’ve held to date, I’ve purposely sought out professional experiences that catalyze change and positively impact the world. I’m particularly driven by the notion that inclusive programming can be designed, scaled, and harnessed to maximize good. I’m committed to facilitate policy dialogue among a range of stakeholders to inform the rigorous design and evaluation of programs and am convinced this will increase overall accountability and transparency in international development programming. I aim to continue to conduct research and manage projects that influence policy design and programming in developing countries.