BRYAN C. HASSEL is Co-Director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K–12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship, and teacher and leader policy. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week, and numerous other publications; he blogs for Education Next and is a frequent guest blogger on other forums, such as Education Week. He was named to the spring 2015 class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program, designed to support exceptional leaders reimagining U.S. public schools. Dr. Hassel received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He is a senior research affiliate with the Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Example projects: Dr. Hassel’s recent work includes co-leading Public Impact’s efforts to help schools create an “Opportunity Culture” by extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for higher pay, within budget; assisting numerous states in developing their strategies for addressing chronically low-performing schools; and co-leading Public Impact’s work transforming the charter sector to expand successful models, implement rigorous performance frameworks, and replace failing charter schools more swiftly. He co-authored Seizing Opportunity at the Top: How the U.S. Can Reach Every Child with an Effective Teacher, authored the Brookings Institution Press book The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise, and co-authored Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence. Dr. Hassel has also served as a consultant to leading efforts to create high-quality charter school systems, turn around failing schools, and improve leader and teacher effectiveness.