Michael DeArmond

Michael DeArmond

Senior Research Analyst

Michael DeArmond is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Mike's
research looks at how districts and schools manage teacher talent and at the implementation of
complex district-level reforms within the central office. He's currently working on a study of
Washington State's principal workforce and principal-related HR practices in Washington's school
districts. Mike has a PhD in education and an MPA in social policy and education, both from the
University of Washington, and a BA in history from Brown University. Prior to working as a researcher
he was a middle school history teacher.

09/2013
HR with a Purpose: Building Talent for Distinct Schools and Networks

Prepared for the American Enterprise Institute Conference, “Teacher Quality 2.0: Will today’s reforms hold back tomorrow’s schools?”

Over the last decade, researchers and policymakers have highlighted a host of policies and practices...

01/2013
BRIEF - Principal Concerns in Indiana: Focus on Developing Current Principals

There is a large body of research and policy attention on teacher characteristics, but surprisingly little on principals. This can make it hard for districts and states to make strategic decisions about their principal...

10/2012
BRIEF - Principal Concerns: Iowa May Face Statewide Demand

Nearly half of Iowa’s principals will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. These principals are in schools spread evenly geographically and by student poverty level. Collectively, principals eligible for retirement oversee more than 168,...

06/2012
Managing Talent for School Coherence: Learning from Charter Management Organizations

The current wave of new teacher evaluation systems around the country offers an opportunity to broaden the conversation surrounding teacher effectiveness and its relationship to school coherence, to look at...

06/2012
BRIEF - Managing Talent for School Coherence: Learning from Charter Management Organizations

The current wave of new teacher evaluation systems around the country offers an opportunity to broaden the conversation surrounding teacher effectiveness and its relationship to school coherence...

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: Mar 13 2014
Where: San Antonio, TX

Several CRPE researchers are presenting work at the 2014 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Spring Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 13-15.

Apr 2 2014

Michael DeArmond is quoted in The Inlander about Spokane Public Schools' plans to add more quality school options as part of its portfolio strategy.

Oct 19 2012

Seattle, WA - Iowa may need to replace a sizable share of its principal workforce over the next five to ten years, representing both a challenge and an opportunity for schools and communities statewide.

Jun 5 2012

Seattle, WA - As school systems across the country work to recruit and hire more high-quality teachers, a new report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) finds that leaders in the charter sector hire teachers based on their fit with a school's mission, and not just their individua

Mar 7 2011

Seattle, WA - A new analysis finds that policies known as 'last in, first out' may disproportionately affect schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs).

Dec 7 2010

Seattle, WA - As school districts nationwide rethink how they recruit, develop, and retain teachers, a new working paper from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) looks at how these reforms are playing out in certain districts as they align talent management with their broader portfo

Mar 26 2014

Michael DeArmond explains how this 1990 report moved him from thinking about the classroom to thinking about the bigger picture, and led him to CRPE, where the report's underlying issues still drive much of our work.

Mar 13 2014

Control over school facilities is a powerful but easily misused governance tool, writes Paul Hill, and he's got a remedy.

Dec 10 2013

Michael DeArmond cautions that state-mandated teacher evaluation systems can weaken principals’ ability to manage teacher talent and urges flexibility for schools that have purposeful HR systems.

Jun 7 2013

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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