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Carnegie Selects Prominent Scholar as New President

By Vaishali Honawar — January 15, 2008 1 min read

Anthony S. Bryk, a nationally known education researcher, has been named the next president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Mr. Bryk will take up his new position with the Stanford, Calif.-based research and policy foundation in August. He is a professor of organizational studies in education and business at Stanford University, where he has focused on such issues as the organizational redesign of schools and school systems, and the integration of technology into schooling to enhance teaching and learning.

David S. Tatel, the chairman of the Carnegie Foundation’s board and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, called Mr. Bryk a “perfect match” for the foundation. He “has a tremendous ability to think and act across disciplines and to bring together theory and practice,” Judge Tatel added.

Mr. Bryk, meanwhile, said he believes teachers need to be prepared to work and live in a global society.

“Larger social, economic, and technology forces are calling us to reinvent schooling,” he said in a statement, adding: “What is needed is a serious transformation in the ways we develop and support our teachers, the tools, materials, ideas, and evidence with which they work, and the organizational and institutional contexts in which all of this occurs.”

In 1988, Mr. Bryk, who was then a professor of urban education at the University of Chicago, founded the Center for School Improvement there with the goal of producing leaders for the public school system.

He also created the Consortium on Chicago School Research, a federation of Chicago-area research organizations whose goal is to put pressure on school leaders through research that showed which reforms work and which don’t.

Mr. Bryk has written several books on education, including Catholic Schools and the Common Good and Trust in Schools.

He will succeed Lee S. Shulman, who has led the foundation since 1997.

A version of this article appeared in the January 16, 2008 edition of Education Week

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