Michael DeArmond

Twitter: @DeArmondMM

Michael DeArmond is a principal at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Mike’s research looks at educational governance, bureaucratic reform, and policy implementation. Most recently he co-authored two CRPE reports on the challenges of public oversight in cities with large charter school sectors—“Making School Choice Work: It Still Takes a City” and “How Parents Experience Public School Choice”—and "Measuring Up," a look at educational improvement and opportunity in 50 cities. He is currently working on a multi-year implementation study of personalized learning in 17 different school systems. In addition to policy reports, Mike’s research has been published in academic journals, including Education Finance and Policy, Education Administration Quarterly, and Journal of Education Finance, as well as in edited volumes from the Brookings Institution Press, the Urban Institute Press, and Harvard Education Press. Mike has a PhD in Education and an MPA in Social Policy and Education, both from the University of Washington, and a BA in History from Brown University. Prior to working as an education researcher, he was a middle school history teacher.

Approaching SEL as a Whole-School Effort, Not an Add-On: Lessons from Two Charter Networks

This paper highlights the approach that two innovative charter networks took last year to address student well-being and social-emotional development.

How Six School Systems are Responding to Disrupted Schooling: Will It Be Enough?

This report examines how six school systems tried to address the academic consequences of disrupted learning in the 2020-2021 school year.

How Are School Districts Addressing Student Social-Emotional Needs during the Pandemic?

In this brief, we look at how our nationally representative sample of 477 school districts attended to students' social-emotional learning and well-being in fall 2020.

Navigating Out-of-School Learning and the Power of Relationships: Lessons from Year 2 at RESCHOOL Colorado

This report describes the implementation of RESCHOOL Colorado's Learner Advocate Network between 2018 and 2019 and what it implies for expanding similar efforts elsewhere....

A Middle Way for States in the ESSA Era: Lessons from Texas

The report examines the Texas Education Agency’s System of Great Schools (SGS) initiative, which calls on districts to manage school performance in new ways, expands access to school choice options, and takes a dynamic approach to managing their supply of schools....

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: 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.

Nov 16 2018

CRPE's report Personalized Learning at a Crossroads is referenced in this NPR piece on the future of the personalized learning model.

Jul 19 2017

Michael DeArmond is interviewed by refinED about the personalized learning model.

Jul 6 2017

Michael DeArmond, with José Hernández, writes for Education Next about Cleveland's challenges with the school choice model.

Jan 11 2016

This Christian Science Monitor article cites Fixing Detroit's Broken School System, a guest article written by CRPE researchers for Education Next.

Oct 7 2015

Some bright spots, possible lessons amid flat performance and staggering inequities in 50 cities.

May 25 2021

District leaders who seek more profound and radical changes—some of which aim to fundamentally upend the education system—will face even bigger challenges with acceptance and support. 

Mar 31 2021

A majority of students report emotional and physical stress as they try to learn remotely during the pandemic. How can teachers, who are also stressed, help them?

Oct 23 2019

To achieve sustained success in influencing portfolio strategy implementation in the longer term, outsiders and insiders need each other.

Dec 14 2017

Michael DeArmond looks at why families still have challenges finding a school that is a good fit for their children, even when a wide mix of programs is available.

May 31 2017

Mike DeArmond discusses how the theory of school choice works for families in the real world, drawing on a lively session from CRPE's February Portfolio meeting.