Senior Research Analyst

Twitter: @DeArmondMM

Michael DeArmond is a senior research analyst 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.

The Uncertain Future of Teaching

This essay explores the need for new models that expand who works with students and differentiate teaching roles to a far greater degree.

Leading Personalized Learning

CRPE researchers analyze how school leaders can both encourage experimentation and support the formalization of innovative practice.

Personalized Learning at a Crossroads

This report explores the early promise and challenges in personalized learning and calls for more system-level supports and strategies for innovation.


Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities

A groundbreaking new report that measures the health of school systems through a citywide lens.

The Best of Both Worlds: Can District-Charter Co-Location Be a Win-Win?

This report explores the challenges of leveraging co-location as a tool for school improvement.

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.

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.

Jun 4 2015

CRPE's report on common enrollment systems in Denver and New Orleans is mentioned in this Detroit News editorial piece.

May 12 2015

CRPE's new report on common enrollment in Denver and New Orleans is featured in this Education Week article.

May 12 2015

Report details lessons from Denver and New Orleans

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.

May 16 2017

Mike DeArmond and José Hernández profile Cleveland’s school transformation plan, launched five years ago, and find promising trends in its initiatives to improve school choice.

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."

Mar 29 2017

With the return to local control, NPS leaders will need to work with the city’s surging charter sector to ensure opportunity and equity citywide.