Betheny Gross

Twitter: @bethenygross

Betheny Gross is associate director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell. Dr. Gross oversees CRPE’s research initiatives, leading analyses of personalized learning initiatives, public school choice, out of school learning, and district transformation and improvement.  She is an expert on systemic strategies to help families to access educational opportunities, including unified enrollment and information systems. She has examined outcomes of district and state reforms across the country, and has advised and consulted with district leaders and community partners to formulate strategy and implement reforms.

Dr. Gross is coauthor of Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools and the author of numerous research reports and articles. Her work has been published in several journals, including Harvard Law and Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, American Education Research Journal, Journal of Education Finance, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Gross is on the editorial board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and is a regular contributor to national education conferences.

Dr. Gross leads CRPE’s “Reinventing the Wheel” Bike to Work efforts, with several eager riders and many more reluctant ones. Although she’s been in the research space for many years now, she still misses her days as a math instructor at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gross holds a BA in Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Economics from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

10/2019
Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

06/2019
Fulfilling the Promise of School Choice by Building More Effective Supports for Families

This report focuses on the work of DC School Reform Now. Since 2011, the organization has focused on making school choice work for families in Wards 7 and 8, two underserved areas of the nation's capital...

04/2019
Expanding Access to Out-of-School Learning: Lessons from Year 1 at ReSchool Colorado

This brief provides an initial, formative assessment of lessons learned in the first year of ReSchool Colorado’s initiatives to expand access to out-of-school learning opportunities for children in the Denver area...

11/2018
Beyond the Bell: Leveraging Community Assets for an Expanded Learning System

This essay explores ways to deliver more agile and responsive wraparound services and out-of-school learning opportunities for students.

10/2018
Mind the Gap: Will All Students Benefit From 21st Century Learning?

CRPE researchers find inequities in current 21st century learning approaches and recommend strategies to deliver better learning opportunities for all students.

Date: Feb 26 2015
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Here's where to find CRPE experts at the 2015 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 40th Annual Research Conference in DC.

Date: Jun 18 2014
Where: The Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence St., University of Colorado Denver, CO

At the release event for a new report, researchers discussed why Denver charter schools appear to serve fewer special education students than district-run schools.

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.

Date: Oct 29 2013
Where: Orlando FL and Online

CRPE Senior Analyst and Research Director Betheny Gross and Senior Research Fellow Larry Miller join Scott Milam of Afton Partners for a panel on blended learning school cost analysis at this year's iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.

Nov 16 2018

CRPE's report Personalized Learning at a Crossroads is referenced in this NPR piece on the future of the personalized learning model.

Jul 25 2018

In The 74, Robin Lake and Betheny Gross write about how public education can be better aligned with career preparation, using Switzerland's system as an example.

Jul 18 2018

Betheny Gross is interviewed by EdTech Magazine about CRPE's report Personalized Learning at a Crossroads.

Jul 16 2018

CRPE's report Personalized Learning at a Crossroads is quoted in this article by The 74.

Jun 21 2018

Betheny Gross is interviewed by The 74 about CRPE's report Personalized Learning at a Crossroads.

Apr 1 2019

ReSchool Colorado’s initiatives reveal the possibilities that could emerge if barriers between schools and communities were lowered—and if new structures to support students and their families were built in their place.

Sep 13 2018

Even with a simplified process for choosing high schools, accessing high-quality options remains a challenge for some families.

 

Jul 27 2018

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and a recognition that even the most effective schools may need to develop new approaches to

Jun 21 2017

Betheny Gross offers a reality check on the limits of choice and the burden on children of hours spent in transit.

May 3 2017

Betheny Gross shares how some localities are creating system-level initiatives and networks to help educators remake their classrooms. This is the eighth installment in our series of "Notes From the Field."