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Paul Reville

Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration
Paul Reville

Degree:  Ed.M., Stanford University, (1974)
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Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. He recently completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick's top education adviser, Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. He served in the Governor's Cabinet and played a leading education reform role on matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal.

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Reville had chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, co-founded the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national think tank which convened the U.S.'s leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to set the national standards agenda. Reville played a central role in MBAE's development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic Education Reform Act of 1993. Reville has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program.

Reville's career, which combines research, policy, and practice, began with service as a VISTA volunteer/youth worker. He served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. Some years later, he founded a local education foundation which was part of the Public Education Network. He is a board member and adviser to a host of organizations, and a frequent writer and speaker on education reform and policy issues. He holds a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees. 

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Areas of Expertise

Louis T. Benezet Award for Outstanding Achievement, Colorado College,(1997)

Excellence in Education Award, Massachusetts Secretary of Education,(1996)

Friend of Education Award, Worcester Public Schools,(1996)

Outstanding Educator of the Year, Phi Delta Kappan, Central Massachusetts Chapter,(1996)

Distinguished Service Award, Advocates for Excellence in Education,(1994)

Humanitarian Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews,(1994)

Award of Excellence for Service, Central Massachusetts Superintendents Association,(1992)

Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents,(1992)

Friend of Education Award, Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association,(1992)

Outstanding Friend of Education, Educational Association of Worcester,(1989)

Friend of Education, Worcester Public School Administrators’ Association,(1986)

National Association for Independent Schools Award for article, "Educating for Connectedness",(1979)

Sponsored Projects

By All Means (Convening) (2016-2016)
Nellie Mae Foundation

One of the central features of By All Means is a set of convenings which serve two purposes: 1) to bring together teams from the six or seven cities in which we’ll be establishing learning labs for our design work; 2) to bring together a national audience of thought leaders to consider some controversial subjects relating to the future of public education and that system’s work with economically disadvantaged students. We aim to develop a curriculum to engage our city teams over a five session, two and half year engagement while simultaneously, using one day of these two day events to highlight a major theme of the work involved in designing systems of child development and education that can deliver on the promise, as yet unrealized despite many reform efforts, of educating all children so they are ready to be successful. We anticipate that this By All Means initiative will have national impact in drawing our sector closer to designing effective systems for educating all children so that they are prepared to be successful in a complex, 21st century society.

Education Redesign Lab (2014-2015)
Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

Education Redesign Lab (2014-2015)
Nellie Mae Foundation


Reville, P. (2015, July 7). Why We Fail to Address the Achievement Gap. Education Week, 34(36), 22-23.,(2015)

Reville, P. (2015, January 20). The next steps in education reform. Once again, we need to ask: What more needs to be done? The Boston Globe.,(2015)

Reville, Paul. (2015). The Journey Toward Equity and Excellence: The Massachusetts Experience. In A. M. Blankstein Editor & P. Noguera Editor (Eds.), Excellence Through Equity (pp. 185-201). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.,(2015)

Reville, P. (2015, March 18). How to get world-class leaders for world-class schools. The Boston Globe.,(2015)

Reville, P. (2014). How to create a new k-12 engine. Education Week, 33(29), 24 & 28.,(2014)

Reville, P. (2013). Seize the moment to design schools that close gaps. Education Week, 32(33), 36.,(2013)

Reville, P. (2013, June 10). Accelerate progress on education. The Boston Globe.,(2013)

Pazzanese, C. (2013, November 22). Core objectives: Potential in new k-12 benchmarks mightier than challenges, says Reville of HGSE. Harvard Gazette.,(2013)

Tanden, N., & Reville, P. (2013, December 4). Taking a page from the bay state’s education playbook. U.S. News & World Report.,(2013)

Reville, P. (2013, October 24). From the stands, a lesson in sportsmanship. Cognoscenti.,(2013)

Henig, J., Malone, H. J., & Reville, P. (2012). Addressing the disadvantages of poverty: Why ignore themost important challenge of the post-standards era? In J. Mehta, R. J. Schwartz, & F. M. Hess (Eds.), The futures of school reform (pp. 119-149). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2012)

Reville, P. (2012, January 3). Poverty perspectives: A new educational delivery system for success. Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.,(2012)

Reville, S. P. (2012, April/May). Gateway cities education agenda update. Worcester Telegram & Gazette.,(2012)

Reville, P. (2008). Chapter 3: A mountain beyond mountains. In S. Redding, & H. J. Wahlberg (Eds.), Handbook on statewide systems of support (pp. 15-18). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.,(2008)


Chair, Massachusetts Board of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,(2002-2008)

Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,(2008-2013)

WGBH, Bi-weekly Commentator, Boston Public Radio

National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, Senior Fellow

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang’s Transition Team, Member

Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission, Gubernatorial Appointee

Bellwether, Board of Directors, Member

BELL, Chair, Massachusetts Leadership Council

Rennie Center for Research and Policy, Board Member

MedScience, Harvard Medical School, Board Chair

Boston After School and Beyond, Board Member

PEAR, Harvard Medical School, National Advisory Council, Member

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Honorary Board Member

National Center on Time and Learning, Chair, National Advisory Council

Wheelock College, Corporator

Debate Mate, Board Member

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Institute of Research, Advisory Committee on District & School Accountability

College for Social Innovation, Advisory Board

Enterprise Cities, Babson Global Inc., Academic Advisory Council, Member

New Profit, Reimagine Education, Domain Member

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