Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Director

Twitter: @ccamp67

Christine Campbell is Policy Director and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Washington Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). Ms. Campbell leads the Center's Portfolio School District Project, researching and generating new tools and resources for the 40 districts that are implementing this continuous improvement strategy. She also coordinates the portfolio network meetings.

Ms. Campbell is an expert on school leadership, in both traditional and charter schools, ranging from recruitment and training to retention and succession planning.

Ms. Campbell has researched and analyzed district-wide reforms, the role of superintendents and school boards and central office operations. She has led work on school choice and the charter sector and the ways districts and traditional public schools can respond to competition. Ms. Campbell is on the board of the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network, linking state education advocacy organizations with national experts in policy development, and she served as a reviewer for the federal Race to the Top Competition.

Ms. Campbell is co-author with Paul Hill of Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools (Brookings 2012) and It Takes A City (Brookings 2000). She has also written teaching cases for The Broad Institute for School Boards. She is the author of numerous reports and commentaries, and a regular presenter at national education research and policy 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.

Ms. Campbell holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington.

08/2014
Missing Out on Strong School Leaders? A Survey of Principal Hiring and Support in Washington State

Hiring and supporting strong principals is one of the most important tasks facing districts today. How are Washington State’s districts doing? Where might they improve? In 2013 CRPE...

06/2014
In-Depth Portfolio Assessment: Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN


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The 2013 merger of Memphis City Schools (with 103,000 students) and Shelby County...

06/2013
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...

02/2013
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...

Date: May 20 2014
Where: Wyatt Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

CRPE will help conduct an in-depth, hands-on session to help education reporters understand the portfolio model, at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar.

Date: Apr 3 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas—from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

Date: Jul 9 2013
Where: Seattle, WA

The 9th Portfolio School District Network Meeting was held July 9th-11th in Seattle, Washington, and focused on the intersection of choice and accountability.

Date: May 13 2013
Where: Online

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.

Date: Apr 28 2013
Where: San Francisco, CA

Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.

Jul 23 2014

The Educated Reporter blog recaps Christine Campbell's "Deep Dive" session on the portfolio strategy for journalists at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar.

Jun 10 2014

This Chalkbeat Tennessee article features our new assessment of Shelby County Schools' readiness to implement a portfolio strategy

Jun 9 2014

Commissioned by Shelby County Schools, this in-depth review shows strong progress in some areas, much work needed in others

Apr 10 2014

CRPE has released new rankings of each portfolio school system’s progress on implementing the strategy.

Apr 10 2014

CRPE's latest portfolio strategy implementation snapshots are the feature of this Chalkbeat TN article. The TN Achievement School District received high marks on the assessments.

Aug 14 2014

Christine Campbell writes about the history of the Portfolio strategy and how it continues to influence education reform throughout the country.

May 22 2014

Christine Campbell considers how the job of today's urban superintendent has changed—and how it hasn't—since this report was published a decade ago.

Apr 3 2014

Ashley Jochim explores the book's still timely political lessons on implementing and sustaining urban school reforms.

Mar 7 2014

In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.

Feb 6 2014

Christine Campbell recaps Howard Fuller's message to the Portfolio School District Network about public engagement

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