Lynn Olson

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

A New Bipartisan Education Agenda

A blueprint for new secondary and post-secondary pathways, based on students’ passions and purposes

Invisible Students: The Information Crisis in Early Education

How to build stronger early learning systems post-pandemic

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

Many states and school districts are working to bolster their teacher workforces as educators endure a third school year under the pandemic…

Changing the Narrative: The Push for New Equity Measures in Education

The movement to introduce new indicators of school performance

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

Post-pandemic teacher supply and demand trends and strategic solutions to shortages

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

A model teacher-hiring system

Teaching Innovation: New School Staffing Strategies Inspired by the Pandemic

School staffing strategies that developed during the pandemic, the conditions that enabled them, and how educators overcame barriers to the innovations

How the Pandemic is Reshaping Teaching

The pandemic relief package that passed earlier this month includes no less than $126 billion for schools, and there’s talk in education circles of using…