Thomas J. Kane Principal Investigator
Dr. Kane is Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty director of Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research. 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. Thomas J. Kane’s Faculty ProfileHeather Hill Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Hill is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-principal investigator of the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness. Her primary work has focused on developing measures of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and using these measures to evaluate public policies and programs intended to improve teachers’ understanding of this mathematics. Dr. Hill is also principal investigator of a five-year study examining the effects of Marilyn Burns Math Solutions professional development on teaching and learning. Heather Hill’s Faculty ProfileDouglas O. Staiger Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Staiger is John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In work with Dr. Kane and others, he has studied the housing market price effects of school test scores and the impacts of school choice in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in North Carolina. Dr. Staiger has pioneered new statistical methods that he has applied to analyzing and developing measures of hospital and physician quality and to analyzing value-added models in elementary and secondary education. Douglas O. Staiger’s Faculty ProfileCorinne Herlihy Project Director
Herlihy oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center and the corresponding research agenda. This work includes coordinating data collection and analysis, development of and execution of the national leadership activities and overseeing the timeline of the project. Prior to joining NCTE, Herlihy was a senior research associate and deputy director of the K12 policy area at MDRC, a nonprofit research organization. At MDRC, Herlihy directed a study of small schools of choice in New York City leading the effort to collect, process and analyzed extant school records, and oversaw the development of the analysis plan.