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 BA in English from Villanova University and an MPA from the University of Washington.

Are City Schools Becoming Monolithic? Analyzing the Diversity of Options in Denver, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.

CRPE researchers discover distinct school differences in three cities and offer innovative, evidence-based solutions to help urban U.S. districts increase options so that families can find the right fit for their child.

A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

This guide helps city education leaders understand the benefits and costs of a fully unified enrollment system and outlines the questions they should ask before initiating changes.

Unifying Enrollment in Camden: How Families Experienced the New Enrollment System

This study explores families’ experiences choosing and enrolling in schools using the new Camden Enrollment, and provides recommendations for improvements to the system.

Roots of Engagement in Baton Rouge: How Community Is Shaping the Growth of New School Options

This case study looks at the community engagement efforts underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a diverse group of civic leaders are working to create high-quality new school options.

School Leadership in Washington State: Today's Leaders and Key Challenges They Face

This brief discusses the ever-increasing importance of Washington State’s school principals and provides descriptive analyses of the principal workforce that uncovers opportunities for improvement....

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: 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.

Date: Oct 23 2012
Where: Cleveland, Ohio

Workshops, exercises, and participant-led discussions on many key Portfolio Strategy topics.

Jun 17 2015

CRPE's annual assessment of portfolio strategy progress across school systems is featured in this Education Week article.

Feb 27 2015

This article by Christine Campbell was published in Educational Leadership, February 2015 | Vol. 72 | Number 5.

Sep 3 2014

CRPE's survey on Washington State leadership is featured on the Seattle Times Education Lab Blog.

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

Apr 28 2016

Christine Campbell introduces the school leadership policy toolkit, a collaboration between CRPE and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, that helps states and human-capital advocates build an effective strategy for developing and retaining strong school leaders.

Apr 5 2016

Christine Campbell introduces our new paper on one city's efforts to involve the community in creating new high-quality school options.

Dec 17 2015

Christine Campbell discusses the challenges with school turnaround in Tennessee in light of a new study.

Oct 21 2015

While no city is a model of equal opportunity, writes Christine Campbell, we should see who is doing better and find out how they got there.

Jul 13 2015

Christine Campbell looks at the facts and disagrees with Neerav Kingsland's opinion that the portfolio strategy is simply an inevitable response to high charter market share.

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