Board Member, Adam Barton was selected as a member of the 2019-2020 class of Luce Scholars and begins a year of exploration, adventure and discovery in Asia. Adam was among 162 outstanding candidates nominated by 70 colleges and universities across the United States. The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. The Asia Foundation has been honored to administer the Luce Scholars program in Asia since 1974.
Adam Barton is an educational researcher who works with schools and systems around the world to create evidence-based, community-driven learning experiences. Adam believes that high-quality learning must also advance equity and ensure learners are prepared to thrive in an uncertain world. Values-based, participatory research and design are central to his programming philosophy. Adam most recently served as a junior researcher at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. There, he conducted research and advised global policy leaders on the potential of education innovations. Studying nearly 3,000 programs, policies, and products from around the world, he helped develop a theoretical framework for making nonlinear progress in educational development. He recently co-authored a book on the topic, Leapfrogging Inequality.
Adam has worked extensively in South America. As a Princeton in Latin America fellow, he led the first impact evaluation of an agrarian university in rural Bolivia. He also spent a combined total of two years in Brazil. Beginning as a public-school English teacher in Valinhos, São Paulo, he came to re-found and direct Learning Enterprises - Brazil, an English 3 program that trains American volunteers to serve thousands of Brazilian students each year.
Additionally, he conducted ethnographic research on community conceptions of extended day programming and faith-based community health education. Adam spent his undergraduate career serving English language learners in Washington, DC. As a coordinator for the DC Schools Project, he trained and managed dozens of tutors as they supported recently arrived language learners and their families. He also founded an ESL tutoring program at his childhood school in Maryland. Adam graduated as valedictorian of Georgetown University with a bachelor’s in Spanish & Portuguese Studies and Education, Inquiry, & Justice.