Georgia Heyward

Georgia Heyward is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she has worked on the 18-city project Stepping Up and supported charter-district collaboration in Washington State. Before joining CRPE, she researched rural education and wrote program evaluations for Washington State school districts and nonprofits. Georgia started her career as a bilingual elementary teacher through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. She then worked as a teacher and administrator at a bilingual performing arts school. For three years, she was the assessment coordinator for a start-up, nonprofit college. Georgia has a BA in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College and an MEd in Education Policy from the University of Washington.

01/2021
How Is School Enrollment in Washington State Shifting during COVID-19?

This brief examines shifts in Washington State's public school enrollment after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/2020
Putting Families at the Center: The Role of Parent Advocacy Groups during COVID-19

This brief profiles four parent advocacy groups that have been particularly effective in devising bold solutions during the pandemic crisis.

12/2020
How States Can Better Prepare Students for Life After High School

This report examines weaknesses states share in career and technical education and offers recommendations to improve career pathways for students.

10/2020
What Does It Take to Educate Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities in General Education Settings? Lessons from Washington’s Public Charter Schools

This report includes in-depth case studies of five Washington State charter schools to understand their strategies for full inclusion...

06/2020
Navigating Choice: How High-Touch Supports Can Address Educational Inequity

This brief presents findings from a preliminary analysis of 10 organizations with school navigator services.

Aug 27 2019

Georgia Heyward is quoted in the Colorado Sun about the impact of a four-day school week on student performance.

Aug 28 2018

Georgia Heyward discusses her research on the financial effects and student outcomes of the four-day school week.

Jul 25 2018

Georgia Heyward is quoted in this Chalkbeat article about Detroit's new public school guide, which lets parents compare district and charter school options.

May 21 2018

Georgia Heyward is quoted by NBC News on the expansion of four-day weeks in public schools.

Apr 18 2018

Georgia Heyward is interviewed by Governing on the four-day school week.

Sep 25 2020

Are districts setting teachers up with professional learning opportunities that will allow them to navigate the pandemic successfully?

Jul 21 2020

CRPE and Public Impact are wrapping up our review of state reopening plans. If first impressions portend what’s to come, there are big reasons to be concerned. 

Jun 29 2020

Four months into COVID-19, and just weeks out from the new school year, very few districts in our database report concrete expectations for the  2020-21 school year. 

Jun 26 2020

Gaps in spring and summer planning can point districts to the critical issues they must attend to in the coming school year.

Apr 19 2020

States play critical roles in driving school and district responses to school closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We examined whether and how states are fulfilling that role.