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.

11/2020
Support Every Student: Lessons from Five Charter Schools on Effective Special Education During the Pandemic

In-depth case studies of five charter schools reveal lessons learned on educating students with disabilities remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

11/2020
One Step Forward, One Step Back: Public Health Fears Keep America's School Districts on a Reopening Treadmill

This brief gives an update on our nationally representative sample of school district reopening plans.

08/2020
School Districts Across the Nation Plan for An Uncertain Year Ahead

This brief gives a snapshot from July 27-31 of how school districts across the country are currently planning for fall 2020.

08/2020
Getting Back to School: An Update on Plans from Across the Country

This brief gives a snapshot from August 17–21 of how school districts across the country are planning for fall 2020.

06/2020
Too Many Schools Leave Learning to Chance During the Pandemic

This brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

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.

Jan 26 2021

Betheny Gross is quoted in the Hechinger Report on special education and personalized learning.

Dec 15 2020

Betheny Gross is quoted by NBC News on learning loss amid COVID-19.

Aug 24 2020

Betheny Gross is quoted in the Syracuse Post-Standard on remote learning.

Aug 20 2020

Betheny Gross is quoted in Chalkbeat on the hybrid model of remote and in-person learning.

Nov 5 2019

Betheny Gross is quoted on personalized learning in Education Week.

May 20 2020

The Evidence Project will bring together researchers from around the country to narrow the gap between research and policy.

Nov 20 2019

Our network participants are already showing the potential benefits of the shift toward local problem solving.

Oct 19 2019

Schools need not wait for ideal policy conditions to begin improving education for students with disabilities.

Sep 5 2019

Betheny Gross examines how five high-choice cities tackle the challenges of student transportation.

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.