How to Peer Into John Easton’s Mind

By Debra Viadero — April 24, 2009 1 min read
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John Q. Easton, the man that President Obama plans to nominate to head the

Institute of Education Sciences hasn’t been making many public statements about his vision for education research.

But Easton has dropped some hints about where you can go to get a flavor of his thinking on that subject. It’s a report called Consortium on Chicago School Research: A New Model for the Role of Research in Supporting Urban School Reform. The publication chronicles the 19-year history of the research group that he heads and describes its unique conception of the role that education research can play, working in partnership schools and districts, to improve learning in urban schools.

Even if you don’t give a fig about federally funded education research, you might want to check out the report. The consortium’s model for bringing research to bear in the service of local, on-the-ground school reform is catching on in other cities, including New York, New Orleans, and Baltimore.

Happy weekend reading!

A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.