Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Director

Twitter: @ccamp67

Christine Campbell is policy director and a senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). Ms. Campbell leads the CRPE's Portfolio Strategy Network, researching and generating new tools and resources for the approximately 25 districts that are implementing this continuous improvement strategy. She has developed a network of district, charter, civic, and community leaders that are working collaboratively to improve school quality in their cities. She leads research investigating the family experience of school choice and what cities can do to improve opportunities and access for vulnerable families.

Ms. Campbell is an expert on school leadership, in both traditional and charter schools, ranging from recruitment and training to retention and succession planning. She has researched and analyzed system reforms, the role of superintendents and school boards, and central office operations. She has led work on school choice and the charter sector and the ways districts and traditional public schools can respond to competition. Ms. Campbell is on the board of Hey Mentor, a nonprofit linking first generation college students to first generation applicants for personalized help with the college application process. She also served as a reviewer for the federal Race to the Top Competition.

Ms. Campbell is co-author with Paul Hill of Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools (Brookings 2012) and It Takes A City (Brookings 2000). She has written teaching cases for The Broad Institute for School Boards. She is the co-author of Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice? (2017) and numerous other reports and commentaries, and a regular presenter at national education research and policy conferences. Prior to joining CRPE, she was a GED Coordinator for teen parents at Rainier Vista Housing Project and a job skills trainer at the Seattle Indian Center.

Ms. Campbell holds a BA in English from Villanova University and an MPA from the University of Washington.

Addressing Persistently Underperforming Schools: Evidence and Common Challenges

This brief looks at five strategies city leaders use to improve underperforming schools and lists critical questions leaders should ask when choosing or assessing an improvement strategy.

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...

Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts

This brief examines a promising new “third way” approach to school improvement and provides guidance for district and charter leaders and policymakers considering partnership schools.

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.

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: May 20 2014
Where: Wyatt Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

CRPE will help conduct an in-depth, hands-on session to help education reporters understand the portfolio model, at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar.

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: 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: Oct 23 2012
Where: Cleveland, Ohio

Workshops, exercises, and participant-led discussions on many key Portfolio Strategy topics.

Nov 14 2017

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

Jun 17 2015

CRPE's annual assessment of portfolio strategy progress across school systems is featured in this Education Week article.

Feb 27 2015

This article by Christine Campbell was published in Educational Leadership, February 2015 | Vol. 72 | Number 5.

Sep 3 2014

CRPE's survey on Washington State leadership is featured on the Seattle Times Education Lab Blog.

Jul 23 2014

The Educated Reporter blog recaps Christine Campbell's "Deep Dive" session on the portfolio strategy for journalists at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar.

Feb 21 2018

Christine Campbell and Daniel Weisberg give three steps that charter operators, authorizers, and city-based organizations can take to ensure that charter schools have effective teachers in all classrooms.

Dec 5 2017

Christine Campbell and Georgia Heyward show how school choice is creating new opportunities for families as well as challenges for cities.

Oct 18 2017

Christine Campbell explains how partnership schools differ from charters, and why these new models could benefit districts, charters, and families.

Apr 28 2016

Christine Campbell introduces the school leadership policy toolkit, a collaboration between CRPE and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, that helps states and human-capital advocates build an effective strategy for developing and retaining strong school leaders.

Apr 5 2016

Christine Campbell introduces our new paper on one city's efforts to involve the community in creating new high-quality school options.

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