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Richard Elmore

Professor of Education, Emeritus

Richard Elmore

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1976)
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Richard Elmore joined the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1990, having previously taught at the College of Education, Michigan State University, and the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a past president of the Association for Public Policy and Management, the national organization representing graduate programs in public policy and management. He has held positions in the federal government as a legislative liaison with the U.S. Congress on education policy issues. He was the former director of the Doctor in Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program at HGSE. His research and clinical work focused on building capacity for instructional improvement in low-performing schools. He is co-author of Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2009), and author of School Reform From the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance (Harvard Education Press, 2004).

Areas of Expertise

"Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Achievement", (2002).

"Building a New Structure for School Leadership", (2000).

"When Accountability Knocks, Will Anyone Answer?" (with C. Abelmann), (1999).

Who Chooses, Who Loses? Culture, Institutions, and the Unequal Effects of School Choice (ed. with B. Fuller and G. Orfield), (1996).

Restructuring in the Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and School Organization (with P. Peterson and S. McCarthey), (1996).

The Governance of Curriculum (with S. Fuhrman), (1994).

Restructuring Schools: The Next Generation of Educational Reform , (1990).


Chair, Spencer Post Doctoral Selection Committee

Member, National Academy of Education

American Educational Research Association

Board on Testing and Assessment, the National Academy of Sciences

Commission, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

National Research Council

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