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.

11/2017
Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies...

10/2017
Making School Choice Work for Families: DC School Reform Now’s High Quality Schools Campaign

This brief, the first in a multiyear series examining DC School Reform Now’s innovative High Quality Schools Campaign, offers lessons for district and city leaders who want school choice to work for all families.

08/2017
Are City Schools Becoming Monolithic? Analyzing the Diversity of Options in Denver, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.

CRPE researchers discover distinct school differences in three cities and offer innovative, evidence-based solutions to help urban U.S. districts increase options so that families can find the right fit for their child.

06/2017
Can Public Transportation Improve Students’ Access to Denver’s Best Schools of Choice?

This study examines how much public transportation passes in Denver can improve equitable access to the city's highest-quality K-12 schools.

05/2017
A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

This guide helps city education leaders understand the benefits and costs of a fully unified enrollment system and outlines the questions they should ask before initiating changes.

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.

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.

May 15 2018

Betheny Gross is interviewed on Southern California Public Radio about Austin Beutner, the new superintendent for the Los Angeles United School District.

Mar 12 2018

Betheny Gross is quoted in LA School Report about school choice and the LA Unified School District's new online application system.

Nov 14 2017

CRPE's new cross-city analysis examines the current state of public school choice in 18 American cities.

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."

Apr 26 2017

Betheny Gross and Michael DeArmond urge educators to seek out systematic evidence on digital tool effectiveness. This is the seventh installment in our series of "Notes From the Field."

Apr 12 2017

Betheny Gross says that for personalized learning programs to be successful, schools must first understand why they are implementing it. This is the fifth installment in our series of "Notes From the Field" on personalized learning.

Sep 29 2016

Betheny Gross argues that a new data tool misses the mark in how it defines public school systems.

Sep 21 2016

Betheny Gross and Colleen McCann say thought partners can provide needed insights and coaching for schools implementing personalized learning. This is the fourth in our series of "Notes From The Field."