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Emily Ayscue Hassel


EMILY AYSCUE HASSEL is Co-Director of Public Impact. She provides thought leadership and oversight to Public Impact’s work on human capital, organizational transformation, parental choice of schools, and emerging opportunities for dramatic change in pre-K to grade 12 education. Ms. Hassel co-authored “The Big U-Turn: How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success” for Education Next; Improving Teaching Through Pay for Contribution for the National Governor’s Association; School Restructuring Under No Child Left Behind: What Works When?, and Public Impact’s Competencies for Turnaround Success Series. She led Public Impact’s initial work on school restructuring under No Child Left Behind, addressing both education and cross-sector lessons for chronically failing schools. Other work includes Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child's School with Confidence; Choosing the Right Preschool eBook for TheSavvySource.com; and Learning Point Associates’ Professional Development: Learning from the Best, a toolkit for education leaders on designing and implementing effective professional development.She previously worked for the Hay Group, a leading human resources consulting firm. Ms. Hassel received her law and Masters in Business Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Published Articles & Media

How To Get Past the “Talent Hogs” Problem

Redesign roles, budgets, and schedules to put excellent teachers in charge of small teaching teams, for more pay.

A Missing Key Ingredient for Widespread Personalization: Innovative School Staffing

In typical schools, teachers just don’t have the daily guidance, constant feedback, and support from colleagues to improve fast when trying something new.

New Research on Opportunity Culture: Multi-Classroom Leaders’ Teams Produce Significant Learning...

The study compared student growth in classrooms led by teachers in Opportunity Culture roles to student growth in non-Opportunity Culture classrooms.

One More Time Now: Why Lowering Class Sizes Backfires

A large-scale reduction requires hiring massively more teachers, dipping deeper and deeper into the applicant pool.

Every School Can Have a Great Principal: A Fresh Vision for...

A new kind of principal would work with a "team of leaders" made up of great teachers within their school and could also lead multiple schools.

Keep Your Yardsticks Off Teachers’ Careers, Unless . ....

... the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.

Digital Providers: Let Great Teachers Drive Technology Use, Get Results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?

Instead of Ineffective Professional Development, Try Redesigning Teacher Roles

TNTP's new report The Mirage is appropriately gloomy on the overall state of professional learning nationwide, but change is already happening in some places.

Opportunity Culture Outcomes: The First Two Years

Can we work together to change policies and systems to support giving every student access to excellent teaching, and giving every teacher outstanding career opportunities without being forced up and out of the classroom?

High-Poverty Schools With No Trouble Attracting Great Teachers

Higher pay is one currency, but hope is just as powerful for attracting great educators to serve in the schools that need them most.

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