EMILY AYSCUE HASSEL is Co-President of Public Impact. She provides thought leadership and oversight to Public Impact’s work on teacher and leader policy and emerging opportunities for dramatic improvement in pre–K to grade 12 education. Ms. Hassel is the chief designer of Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture initiative, an effort to reach more students with excellent teachers and principals and provide more educators with paid residencies, on-the-job support, and paid career advancement. This work pays educators more and achieves higher-growth student learning within schools’ regular budgets. Ms. Hassel was a Pahara-Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow, in a group designed to cultivate and support teacher leaders who are working to improve the teaching profession and student outcomes. She was previously a consultant and manager for the Hay Group. Ms. Hassel received her law and master in business administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served on the North Carolina Law Review.
Example projects: Ms. Hassel co-authored, among others, numerous practical tools to redesign schools for instructional and leadership excellence. She co-authored, with Bryan Hassel, the chapter on rethinking school staffing in the book Getting the Most Bang for the Education Buck. Other co-authored publications include An Excellent Principal for Every School: Transforming Schools into Leadership Machines; Paid Educator Residencies, within Budget; ESSA: New Law, New Opportunity; 3X for All: Extending the Reach of Education’s Best; Opportunity at the Top; Seizing Opportunity at the Top: How the U.S. Can Reach Every Student with an Excellent Teacher; Teacher Tenure Reform; Measuring Teacher and Leader Performance; “The Big U-Turn: How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success” for Education Next; Try, Try Again: How to Triple the Number of Fixed Failing Schools; Importing Leaders for School Turnarounds; Going Exponential: Growing the Charter School Sector’s Best; the Public Impact series Competencies for Turnaround Success; School Restructuring Under No Child Left Behind: What Works When?; and Improving Teaching Through Pay for Contribution for the National Governor’s Association. 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.
Why I Do This Work: “I passionately believe in the vast human potential of all students and educators, and in public education as a bedrock of racial and economic justice. My lifelong commitment is to help bring solutions that are extremely effective, personally uplifting, and long-lasting to all students and educators in the U.S. ”