Jon Bower brings over 30 years of experience in the education, technology and process design communities. He has consulted with graduate schools of education on the design of teacher training programs, with school districts on teacher training and the use of technology in schools, with private schools on the implementation of effective instruction approaches, and with publishers on improving education outcomes. For the last three years, Mr. Bower has focused Formativity on offering professional development in formative assessment, teaching to mastery and peer learning in public and private school settings.
Jon has been CEO of six education technology companies (Lexia Learning Systems, Soliloquy Learning, it’s learning, inc., Young Broadcasters of America, Avant Assessment and now Flink Learning). At each, he was involved in the design, sale and training of technology-delivered assessments, computer-based learning and distance learning. He was also Chairman of the Partnership for Achievement in Reading, a consortium which provided training in reading instruction to elementary reading teachers across the state of Massachusetts.
Jon has extensive international business and consulting experience. He has introduced two American companies to the Chinese market, establishing profitable joint ventures for both. He helped to found education technology companies in England, New Zealand and Australia, and also introduced overseas-developed products into the U.S. market. Early in his career, he worked in agriculture systems and small business development in Nepal and Malaysia.
Mr. Bower began his education studies as an undergraduate at Stanford University where he studied, wrote and taught in Stanford’s graduate programs in Development Education and Global Development. In addition to a BA in Development Process from Stanford, Jon holds an MBA from Harvard University with a specialization in operations management.
For ten years, Mr. Bower was a member, and then Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mass Bay Community College. He has twice served as a member of the Board of Directors of Learning Disabilities Worldwide. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Avant Assessment.