The leaders of the Center have spent their careers bridging the boundaries between academia and the policy world. As such, they are particularly well suited to creating this new type of partnership.
Thomas J. Kane is professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. As a deputy director in the K–12 team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he directed the Measures of Effective Teaching project. His work has influenced thinking on a range of topics in K–12 and higher education: from measuring teacher effectiveness, to school accountability in the No Child Left Behind Act, to college financial aid, to charter schools, to race-conscious college admissions and measuring the economic payoff to a community college education. He has been a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and UCLA’s School of Public Affairs as well as serving as a senior economist in President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has held visiting fellowships at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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