GRAYSON COOPER is a senior consultant with Public Impact, conducting quantitative research and analysis and assisting schools and districts implementing an Opportunity Culture. Before joining Public Impact, he spent three years as a math teacher and instructional technology facilitator at Northampton County High School in northeastern North Carolina through Teach For America. Mr. Cooper’s roles included deploying and managing a one-to-one laptop initiative, facilitating teacher professional development, and leading a district-wide recruitment initiative. While at Northampton County High School, he co-founded ENC-STEM, a summer program that prepares students for honors, AP, and college-level coursework. Mr. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in educational entrepreneurship and mathematics, with a minor in business, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he graduated with honors after attending as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He holds a master’s degree in education from East Carolina University, and a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Example projects: Mr. Cooper is focusing on Opportunity Culture design, implementation, and evaluation, including assisting with district and school design in Phoenix-area schools; developing the Opportunity Culture School Excellence Portal; and evaluating both the quantitative and qualitative impact of Opportunity Culture. He co-created the Opportunity Culture Dashboard, which displays that impact. Other recent work includes identifying high-performing charter school authorizers for further study, and developing a tool that teacher residency programs can use to model their budgets, improve sustainability, and scale up their programs