Colleen McCann

Colleen McCann

Research Analyst

Colleen McCann is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she studies the implementation of personalized learning models. Before joining CRPE, she was a research associate at Policy Studies Associates in Washington, D.C. While at PSA, she conducted program evaluations and research in the areas of expanded learning time, school-community partnerships, training and support programs for educators, social-emotional learning, and afterschool programming. Colleen also led the research and writing of The Decade-Plus Teaching Career: How to Retain Effective Teachers Through Teacher Leadership while working at Teach Plus. The paper, which details efforts by traditional and charter schools, school districts, and charter management organizations to design opportunities for teachers to lead and grow their careers while remaining in the classroom, was released by the US Department of Education at a Teach to Lead Summit in Boston in early 2015. Colleen holds an EdM in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in History from Colgate University.

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.

12/2016
Unifying Enrollment in Camden: How Families Experienced the New Enrollment System

This study explores families’ experiences choosing and enrolling in schools using the new Camden Enrollment, and provides recommendations for improvements to the system.

Date: Apr 3 2018

What does it take for school choice to “work”? How do existing tools fall short? What can be done to ensure that all families have access to quality school options? Like many cities across the nation, Washington, D.C., has looked to school choice as one way to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. School choice attempts to level the playing field between students of different backgrounds by making it possible for all families to have access to a city’s high-quality public schools—whether students live near these schools or not. But school choice requires families to make substantial investments of time and resources into the school choosing process, which can pose barriers to ensuring all families can access quality schooling options.

Date: Oct 25 2016
Where: San Antonio, Texas

CRPE research analysts Colleen McCann and Tricia Maas will be presenting on some of our personalized learning work at the annual iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.

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."

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