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Frederick Hess, AEI's director of education policy studies, is an educator, political scientist, author, and popular speaker and commentator. He has authored such influential books as Spinning Wheels, Revolution at the Margins, and Common Sense School Reform. A former public high school social studies teacher, he has also taught education and policy at universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Rice, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is executive editor of Education Next, a faculty associate with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education. At AEI, Mr. Hess addresses a range of K-12 and higher education issues.

Published Articles & Media

Five Thoughts on Randi Weingarten’s AEI Remarks

Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.

YES Prep Steps Up

Houston-based YES Prep charter schools has released a probing analysis of its graduates' postsecondary performance and the strategies it's using to improve that performance.

Successful ‘Edupreneurs’ Reignite For-Profit Debate

Critics often accuse school reformers of “privatizing” public education. When for-profits enter the conversation, those same critics level more serious charges and often accuse those companies of having one motive: making money off of the backs of kids.

Schooling Rebooted

Turning educators into learning engineers

ClassDojo and How Tech Can Help With Soft Skills

ClassDojo has developed digital tools that can help teachers, parents, and students improve classroom behavior, develop good learning habits, and support character development.

The 2013 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

The Edu-Scholar Rankings seek to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K–12 and higher education

Combating the “Culture of Can’t”

When it comes to reforming American education, school officials have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed.

The 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

Which university-based academics are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education?

Checking Out ClassDojo

Currently boasting more than four million teacher and student users, ClassDojo enables teachers to easily monitor and track student behaviors in real time.

Creating a Corps of Change Agents

What explains the success of Teach For America?

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