Paul Hill

Paul Hill

Founder, CRPE and Research Professor, UWB
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Paul T. Hill is Founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Research Professor at the University of Washington Bothell. His current work focuses on re-missioning states and school districts to promote school performance; school choice and innovation; and finance and productivity.

Dr. Hill’s ideas have profoundly impacted education reform nationwide, influencing the way that many scholars, policymakers, and education leaders think about how the U.S. public education system can be restructured. His development of the portfolio school district management strategy has directly shaped education reform initiatives in cities like New York and New Orleans, among others. He launched the Portfolio School Districts Project in 2008, and built a national network of district officials, mayors, foundations, nonprofits, and others pursuing the portfolio strategy.

Dr. Hill has been a trusted advisor to many of the nation's leading superintendents, state chiefs, and governors; he works closely with city and state leaders facing the need to transform their urban public school systems, and is a frequent source of expertise for legislators and the media. He chaired the National Charter School Research Project and its Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel, as well as Brookings National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education.

His books include Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait (2010), Making School Reform Work: New Partnerships for Real Change (2004), Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education (2002), It Takes A City: Getting Serious About Urban School Reform (2000), and Fixing Urban Schools (1998). He is editor (with Julian Betts) of Taking Measure of Charter Schools: Better Assessments, Better Policymaking, Better Schools (2010), and editor of Charter Schools Against the Odds (2006). His recent reports include Portfolio School Districts for Big Cities and Performance Management in Portfolio School Districts.

Dr. Hill is lead author (with Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie) of Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools (University of Chicago Press, 1997). The book concludes that public schools should be operated by independent organizations under contract with public school boards, rather than by government bureaucracies. These ideas profoundly influenced the Education Commission of the States 1999 report, "Governing America's Schools."

Before joining the University of Washington faculty, Dr. Hill worked for 17 years as a Senior Social Scientist in RAND’s Washington office, where he served as Director of Washington Operations (1981-87) and Director of the Education and Human Resources program (1979-80). He conducted studies of site-based management, governance of decentralized school systems, effective high schools, business-led education reforms, and immigrant education, and contributed to studies of defense research, development, and acquisition policy.

As a government employee (1970-77), Hill directed the National Institute of Education's Compensatory Education Study (a Congressionally mandated assessment of federal aid to elementary and secondary education) and conducted research on housing and education for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also served two years as a Congressional Fellow and Congressional staff member.

Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Seattle University, all in political science.

05/2014
The SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure

This is the third volume of the SEA of the Future series published by the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP Center). Edited by CRPE’s Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the essays are intended to help state education agencies support...

02/2014
Governing Schools for Productivity

In this paper commissioned by the Bush Center, Paul Hill explains why educational productivity matters and how policies from on high often work against campuses being more productive. He concludes with definite recommendations for how new governance arrangements can promote productivity.

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07/2013
Defining and Organizing for School Autonomy

In a portfolio strategy, schools need to be free to pursue distinctive approaches to instruction and student services. That means they should not be forced by district policies to make the same uses of time, money, staff, instructional methods, technology, facilities, professional...

05/2013
The SEA of the Future: Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement

This volume explores how state education agencies (SEAs), in a time of constrained resources, can leverage performance management tools to provide strong support for school improvement.

Essays by...

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 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: Jan 19 2013
Where: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida

Paul Hill will be a key issue speaker at the 2nd Annual International School Choice and Reform Academic Conference, presented by the Journal of School Choice.

Date: Nov 27 2012
Where: JW Marriott, Washington, DC

Paul Hill will moderate a Strategy Session on accountability-based flexibility for school districts.

Date: Jan 10 2012
Where: Online

This webinar provides an introduction to the portfolio strategy, why districts adopt it, what they find challenging, and whether they are seeing benefits to students.

Apr 30 2014

Paul Hill discusses the portfolio strategy with Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and NewSchools Venture Fund partner Jim Peyser at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit 2014.

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.

Apr 10 2014

CRPE’s latest round of Portfolio Implementation Snapshots is the focus of this Commercial Appeal article.

Apr 4 2014

Paul Hill discusses the future of Milwaukee Schools on Milwaukee Public Radio.

Apr 1 2014

Paul Hill discusses ways to improve Milwaukee public schools using the portfolio strategy, in this Journal Sentinel article.

Aug 28 2014

Paul Hill recalls New Orleans' public education system since Hurricane Katrina, and discusses potential future pitfalls and opportunities.

Aug 14 2014

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

Aug 6 2014

Paul Hill writes about the start of CRPE's groundbreaking school finance work, while Russlynn Ali's essay explains how she put that research into practice.

Jul 17 2014

For chartering to work, authorizers can't be compromised by financial or political dependency on the schools they oversee, writes Paul Hill.

Jun 26 2014

Citing the experiences of Cinncinnati's community schools efforts, Hill et al. explain why NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's wrap-around services initiative needs to be part of a broader school improvement strategy.

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