Bryan Hassel

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 teacher and leader policy, school turnarounds, and charter schools. With Emily Ayscue Hassel, he co-leads Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture initiative, an effort to extend the reach of the nation’s excellent teachers to all students, for higher pay, within existing budgets.  His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week, and numerous other publications. 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 work includes co-authoring Seizing Opportunity at the Top: How the U.S. Can Reach Every Child with an Effective Teacher, “The Big U-Turn: How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success” for Education Next and Teachers in the Age of Digital Instruction for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  He authored the Brookings Institution Press book The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise, co-edited the Brookings volume Learning from School Choice, 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. 

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