Bio

Jack Schneider is a former high school history teacher and academic program director who holds a BA in Political Science from Haverford College, an MA in History from Stanford University, and a PhD in Education from Stanford University. 

Dr. Schneider’s research, which has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and other organizations, examines the past, present, and future of education policy. His first book, Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America’s Public Schools (Vanderbilt University Press), examines the origins of the current educational reform movement and the obsession with finding “what works” and bringing it to scale. His second book, From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press), looks at why educational research only sporadically makes it into classroom practice, and offers a framework for understanding how that might change. His third book, Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality (Harvard University Press), explores how educational policy and practice can be made more effective and more equitable through smarter use of information. In his latest book, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School (The New Press), Dr. Schneider and his podcasting co-host Jennifer Berkshire examine the present effort to unmake the public education system. His fifth book is currently under contract with Harvard University Press.

In addition to his scholarly publications, Dr. Schneider writes frequently for practitioners and the public. He has blogged for Education Week (K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric), is a regular contributor to Phi Delta Kappan, and writes on a regular basis for the Washington Post. He has been featured on NBC and on Al Jazeera America, on NPR shows like Marketplace and Morning Edition, and in the documentary Children Left Behind.

An activist and supporter of public education, Dr. Schneider engages frequently with students, teachers, and administrators. He is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment—a statewide alternative accountability group. And he offers support to schools and districts interested in strengthening their use of research, improving their measurement systems, and thinking holistically about what it means to educate young people.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Schneider lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife (a high school teacher) and daughter (a student in the public schools).