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Christine Campbell is a Senior Research Analyst and Policy Director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). She leads the Center’s Portfolio School Districts Project, which explores emerging reforms in leading districts. She convenes the Project’s twice-yearly meetings of an expanding network of portfolio districts and advises districts on how to assess and improve their efforts. She has researched and analyzed district-wide reforms and the role of superintendent leadership and central office operations, and has written teaching cases for The Broad Institute for School Boards. Ms. Campbell has led work on school choice and the charter sector, studying the ways districts and traditional public schools can respond to competition. She is an expert on charter school leadership, from recruitment and training to retention and succession planning. Ms. Campbell is on the board of the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network, which links state education advocacy organizations with national experts in policy development, and she served as a reviewer for the federal Race to the Top Competition. She is co-author with Paul Hill of It Takes A City (Brookings Press) and co-author of an up-coming book on portfolio districts and the changing education landscape. She is the author of numerous reports and commentaries and a regular presenter at national education research conferences. Prior to joining CRPE, she was a GED Coordinator for teen parents at Rainier Vista Housing Project and a job skills trainer at the Seattle Indian Center. She also worked at Starbucks when they numbered just a few quaint neighborhood cafes.
Ms. Campbell holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington.
Improving Student Opportunities and Outcomes in Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Public Schools (HPS) was an early adopter of the portfolio strategy in 2006 and is a leader among districts implementing the reform. Yet both the district and the community are in need of hard evidence: as schools have...
Portfolio Strategies, Relinquishment, The Urban School System of the Future, and Smart Districts
This brief outlines how new K-12 public education governance proposals--relinquishment, smart districts, and the urban school system of the future--are complements, not alternatives, to...
Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies For Managing Urban Schools
Portfolio School Districts in Transition: Steering Through Uncharted Waters
The seventh Portfolio School District Network meeting was held in Seattle, WA, in July 2012. Sixteen district teams—made up of superintendents, chief operations officers, chief academic...
Principal Concerns: Leadership Data and Strategies for States
Discussions about human capital and school improvement typically center on teachers, not administrators. This report argues that principals are a critical part of federal and state education reform efforts but that current state-level practices are...
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The 9th Portfolio School District Network Meeting was held July 9th-11th in Seattle, Washington, and focused on the intersection of choice and accountability.
This webinar provides a deep dive into the portfolio strategy, the importance of school autonomy within a district context, and the conditions that make a district a promising choice for Carnegie Corporation of New York's "Opportunity by Design" initiative.
Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.
The next Portfolio School District Network meeting will be held in Nashville, TN January 29-31, 2013.
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CRPE Policy Director Christine Campbell discusses Jeffco Public Schools board relations and the search for a new superintendent, in this ChalkbeatCO article.
This Education Week article highlights Howard Fuller's comments at the recent Portfolio School District Network meeting, as recapped by Christine Campbell on CRPE's new blog, The Lens.
This Chalkbeat Tennessee article outlines the key components of CRPE's portfolio strategy and notes that Tennessee's state-run Achievement School District was the only district to be ranked as a "national exemplar" in every category.
In this Education Week blog, Tom Vander Ark discusses CRPE's work on District-Charter Collaboration and the Portfolio School District Network.
CRPE's study of Hartford's portfolio strategy implementation is cited in this op ed, in which the author urges city leaders to retain Supt. Kishimoto and sustain the reform efforts.
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In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.
Christine Campbell recaps Howard Fuller's message to the Portfolio School District Network about public engagement
Christine Campbell and Betheny Gross outline the kinds of evidence school districts need to provide in order for communities to decide whether education reforms are working.
CRPE has received Carnegie Corporation funding to help identify and support districts ready to design new high schools prepared to meet Common Core State Standards.
CRPE has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study principals in Washington State and how they are hired and supported by the state’s school districts.
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