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FutureEd Senior Fellow Lynn Olson worked in the K-12 program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 to 2017, serving as a senior program officer, senior adviser to the director, and deputy director for knowledge management and strategic alliances. Prior to joining the foundation, Olson was an award-winning writer and editor for over two decades at the national newspaper Education Week, and earlier in her career she was a writer, editor, and policy analyst at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Work by Lynn Olson

How D.C. Public Schools Improved Teacher Quality, Diversity

This commentary was published in The 74. Many states and school districts are working…

In Demand: The Real Teacher Shortages and How to Solve Them

Are there widespread teacher shortages in U.S. public education? Recent headlines suggest…

A New Bipartisan Education Agenda

After nearly four decades, the bipartisan coalition that pushed higher standards, tests, and accountability systems…

Right From the Start: D.C.’s Groundbreaking Teacher Hiring Strategy

The District of Columbia Public Schools is well-known for its comprehensive teacher-evaluation and performance-…

Teaching Innovation: New School Staffing Strategies Inspired by the Pandemic

Amid the profound disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, some schools and districts have responded…

How the Pandemic is Reshaping Teaching

This commentary was published in The Hill. The pandemic relief package that…

Tough Test: The Nation’s Troubled Early Learning Assessment Landscape

At a time when the nation is investing significantly more resources into early learning,…

Blueprint for Testing: How Schools Should Assess Students During Covid

As schools reopen this fall, educators will need to…

The Big Test: The Future of Statewide Standardized Assessments

Standardized testing has been a cornerstone of school reform for two decades. But a…

The New Testing Landscape: State Assessments Under ESSA

State testing systems are in transition. Buffeted by anti-testing sentiment on the left…

Teacher Mindsets: How Educators’ Perspectives Shape Student Success

Research increasingly points to the importance of social and emotional learning to student…

Tennessee Puts Teacher Prep on Its To-Do List

Improving teaching quality starts with how teachers are trained, but often that’s the last stop…

Scaling Reform: Tennessee’s Statewide Teacher Transformation

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act has placed authority for improving education squarely in states’…

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