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.

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....

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

This report explores how Washington State school districts hire and support its principals. A 2013 survey of Washington superintendents and principals highlights areas of concern but...

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

This report on the newly merged Shelby County Schools' (TN) provides an assessment of where the district stands in relation to the portfolio strategy’s 7 components.

Improving Student Opportunities and Outcomes in Hartford Public Schools

This analysis of Hartford Public Schools seeks to show whether opportunities to attend quality schools and student outcomes have improved as the district implemented the portfolio strategy.

Portfolio Strategies, Relinquishment, The Urban School System of the Future, and Smart Districts

This brief shows how some new proposals for K-12 public education governance are complements, rather than alternatives, to the portfolio strategy.

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.

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

Jun 9 2014

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

Mar 10 2015

A candid discussion between three prominent education reform leaders on what they see as problems within the movement, and what needs to change to sustain it.

Feb 24 2015

Listen to a speech on community engagement given at the Portfolio Network meeting last January by Raymond A. Jetson, pastor at Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge and president and CEO of MetroMorphosis.

Jan 29 2015

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.

Sep 10 2014

With many schools needing urgent attention, we must prioritize hiring and supporting principals who will make dramatic changes that motivate teachers and lead strong improvement efforts, writes Christine Campbell.

Sep 3 2014

In this video blog, Christine Campbell looks at typical annual school district report cards and explains how districts could make information more meaningful for families and provide better evidence to inform community decision-making.

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