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Michael J. Petrilli

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Mike Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country’s most influential education policy think tanks. He is the author of The Diverse Schools’ Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools and coeditor of Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core. Petrilli is also a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and executive editor of Education Next. Petrilli has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post Bloomberg View, Slate, and Wall Street Journal and has been a guest on NBC Nightly News,, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and Fox, as well as several National Public Radio programs, including All Things Considered, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show. Petrilli helped create the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, and Young Education Professionals. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Analysis and Commentary

Instructional Coaches: The Heroes Of The Golden Age Of Educational Practice

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Friday, February 15, 2019

Whether initiated from the bottom-up or the top-down, any effort to help educators align their practice with the best evidence is going to succeed or fail on the strength of its implementation.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Profit Motive And Education

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the appropriate role of for-profit entities in education.

Analysis and Commentary

Instructional Coaches: The Heroes Of The Golden Age Of Educational Practice

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas Fordham Institute
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Whether initiated from the bottom-up or the top-down, any effort to help educators align their practice with the best evidence is going to succeed or fail on the strength of its implementation.

Analysis and Commentary

We Can’t Just Invest In Building Great Curricula

with Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, February 7, 2019

In my last post, I described a demand-side approach to bringing evidence-based practices into schools by developing programs and processes that help educators ask the right questions and find new solutions that work for them. Now I’d like to tackle the supply side: the creation and marketing of tools, especially curriculum, that can help drive evidence-based change in the classroom.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: Millennial Parents And Education Reform

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what millennial parents think about education.

Analysis and Commentary

Evidence-Based Products Won't Sell Themselves

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In my last post, I described a demand-side approach to bringing evidence-based practices into schools by developing programs and processes that help educators ask the right questions and find new solutions that work for them. Now I’d like to tackle the supply side: the creation and marketing of tools, especially curriculum, that can help drive evidence-based change in the classroom.

In the News

How A Proposal For Flexible Funding Can Help Families Close The Enrichment Gap

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Brookings Institution
Thursday, January 31, 2019

In education policy debates, we often talk about inequality as if it was primarily driven by learning that happens—or doesn’t happen—in schools.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: Teacher Strikes, Democrats, And Ed Reform

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what teacher strikes and Democratic presidential candidates’ support for them mean for education reform.

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Ready, Set, Diverge

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The journey to college or career should start much earlier than the final years of high school—and include a realistic appraisal of students’ skills and interests.

Analysis and Commentary

Obstacles To A Culture Of Improvement

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Thursday, January 24, 2019

If this era is to become a Golden Age of Educational Practice, we need successful, evidence-based practices—to the extent that they actually exist—to spread far and wide. Many ideas for how to get educators to use such practices are inherently top-down or “supply side” approaches—build tools or products or school models on top of the evidence base, and then market them to schools. Focus a lot on the fidelity of implementation, which also implies engineering solutions that can be implemented in the real world, with real teachers, without making the instructor’s job even harder than today. I will explore all of that in future posts.

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