Dr. Paul T. Hill
is a research professor at the University of Washington Bothell and former director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, which studies alternative governance and finance systems for public K-12 education. His most recent books are Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait
(Hoover Institution Press, 2010) and Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools
(Brookings, 2012). His book, Fixing Urban Schools
(Brookings, 1998) is a primer for city leaders and foundations on strategies for transforming failing public school systems. He is also the author, with Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie, of Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools
(University of Chicago Press, 1997). Hill was the 2007 recipient of the Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship. Paul is the chair of ROCI.
Bryan C. Hassel is codirector of Public Impact. He is a recognized expert on education technology, charter schools, education entrepreneurship, and teacher and leader policy. Dr. Hassel received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He is a senior research affiliate with the Center on Reinventing Public Education, and a nonresident senior fellow with Education Sector. Dr. Hassel is author of several studies on uses of education technology including “A Better Blend: A Vision for Boosting Student Outcomes with Digital Learning” and “Teachers in the Age of Digital Instruction.”
Edward Kissam is an applied researcher who has worked on policy, program planning and evaluation issues in adult education, community radio and immigrant settlement in the rural United States for more than 30 years. He is the author of Working Poor: Farmworkers in the United States (Temple University Press, 1995). From 2003-2007 he led a USAID-funded longitudinal survey of community-based accelerated learning for primary school students in 10 rural provinces in Afghanistan and provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Education. Mr. Kissam currently serves as a trustee of the Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund which supports initiatives contributing to the well-being of immigrants in California and nationally.
Paul A. Lewin is an assistant professor in the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Idaho. He does research in rural economic development and assists extension and communities across Idaho through programming and analysis in community economics. Before joining the University of Idaho, Dr. Lewin worked in community and economic development across Latin America and subsequently as an economist in both government and private sector positions in Europe and the United States. His research program includes entrepreneurship, migration, community economic resilience and dynamic changes of community and small regional economies. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Daniel Player is assistant professor at the University of Virginia and director of Partners for Leadership in Education. He was formerly a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research. An economist, Dr. Player focuses on the education workforce, particularly the links among policy, funding, performance incentives and the quality of teachers and principals. He has also studied the economics of rural areas and farmers’ adoption of new methods.
Andrew J. Rotherham
is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a national nonprofit organization working to support educational innovation and improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Rotherham leads Bellwether’s thought leadership and policy analysis work. He is also the executive editor of the forthcoming Real Clear Education, part of the Real Clear Politics family of news and analysis websites, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider” a federal policy analysis tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 250 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy.
Marguerite Roza is the director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and senior research affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Dr. Roza’s research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent trade-offs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She has led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid Response Paper Series. More recently she served as senior economic advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published by Education Sector, the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next and the Peabody Journal of Education. Dr. Roza is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? (Urban Institute Press, 2010).
Terry Ryan recently left his position as vice president for Ohio Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute to become the president of the Idaho Charter School Network. Mr. Ryan began his career in education as a teacher in Poland and worked with the Polish Ministry of Education and the Foundation for Education for Democracy in the mid-1990s. He was awarded the Paterson International Fellowship from the University of Denver in 1994 and was a research director for the UK-based 21st Century Learning Initiative. Ryan was a 2008 New Schools Venture Fund/Aspen Institute Fellow and is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in political economy from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.
Kai Schafft is associate professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He directs the Center on Rural Education and Communities and serves as editor for the Journal of Research in Rural Education. Trained as a rural sociologist with strong interests in the relationship between social and spatial inequalities, his work broadly looks at the multiple associations between the well-being of rural schools and rural communities. He is the co-author, with David Brown, of Rural People and Communities in the Twenty-first Century: Resilience and Transformation (Polity, 2011) and co-editor, with Alicia Jackson, of Rural Education for the Twenty-first Century: Identity, Place and Community in a Globalizing World (Penn State Press, 2010).