Join CRPE's Paul T. HIll and Ashley E. Jochim as they discuss their new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education.
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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; finance and productivity; and improving rural schools.
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 A Democratic Constitution for Public Education (2014), Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools (2012), 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 PhD and MA from Ohio State University and a BA from Seattle University, all in Political Science.
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This brief outlines how empowered principals can be assets for public engagement in school systems using the portfolio strategy.
In their new book, Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim offer a brilliant, simple, and distinctly American vision for revamping governance of our public K-12 education system.
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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.
Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.
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.
Paul Hill will moderate a Strategy Session on accountability-based flexibility for school districts.
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This Salon article cites Linda Darling-Hammond and Paul Hill's commentary on accountability, published by The Hill Capitol Blog.
Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim's new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, is reviewed by Michael Kirst in Education Next.
Paul Hill and Tricia Maas' blog on charter "backfilling" is cited in this Education Week article.
Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim are interviewed about their new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, in this Education Next Book Club podcast.
Paul Hill is quoted in this article in The Guardian about the Atlanta education cheating scandal.
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It's time for the charter sector to address the challenge of how charter high schools can meet the needs of all children in a locality, write Paul HIll and Tricia Maas.
Linda Darling-Hammond and Paul Hill find common ground on educational accountability, and urge congress to do the same. This blog was originally published in the Huffington Post.
Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim respond to Andy Smarick's review of their new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, in this guest blog originally posted on Fordham's Flypaper.
Linda Darling-Hammond and Paul Hill find common ground on educational accountability, and urge congress to do the same. This blog was originally published on The Hill's Congress blog.
Paul Hill on what it takes be an effective portfolio strategy CEO.
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