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The Power of the Pygmalion Effect

student takes notes article icon Issue Brief New CAP research makes clear the importance of high teacher expectations for all students.

By Ulrich Boser, Megan Wilhelm, and Robert Hanna | Monday, October 6, 2014

Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

Ivan Silverberg teaches his American Studies class. article icon Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.

By Robert Hanna and Bo Morris III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A new genetic code for state education agencies

Robert Hanna writes on the ways in which SEAs work within the current education governance system.

By Robert Hanna | Friday, June 13, 2014

Cutting Red Tape

red tape book_alt2 icon Report State education leaders face real barriers—legal and cultural—to building state education agencies that can meet today’s education reform goals. However, there is more they can do within the current policy environment if they are willing to break out of old habits and explore new approaches.

By Robert Hanna, Jeffrey Morrow, and Marci Rozen | Friday, June 13, 2014

Seeing Beyond Silos

lockers book_alt2 icon Report States typically keep federal education funds in silos—separating staff into different offices for each federal fund. But as Texas illustrates, state education leaders can do much more to build collaborative agencies and meet comprehensive education reform goals.

By Robert Hanna | Friday, June 13, 2014

Looking at the Best Teachers and Who They Teach

Student achievement article icon Issue Brief All students need access to great teachers, and policymakers need to ensure that they get the education they deserve.

By Jenny DeMonte and Robert Hanna | Friday, April 11, 2014

Four Years Later, Are Race to the Top States on Track?

AP class article icon Issue Brief Race to the Top states have demonstrated strong progress since the beginning of the program, but this is hard work and many have a good deal of work ahead to meet their Race to the Top commitments.

By Tiffany D. Miller and Robert Hanna | Monday, March 24, 2014

In the Quest to Improve Schools, Have Teachers Been Stripped of Their Autonomy?

Teacher and student article icon Issue Brief Despite recent reforms, surveys indicate that teachers are largely satisfied with their jobs, which bodes well for initiatives aimed at providing teachers with the support and clear direction they need to improve the profession and educational outcomes.

By Ulrich Boser and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interactive Map: Do Teachers Really Lack Autonomy and Freedom?

cursor icon Interactive Findings from a federal survey of teachers around the country show that teachers actually have significant control over their professional work.

By Ulrich Boser and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teachers Stay in the Profession During Obama-Era Policies

A large majority of new teachers have stayed in their profession during a period of dramatic education reforms that critics claimed would drive them away.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

State Education Reform Within Reach? Exploring the Effectiveness of State Support Teams for Districts and Schools

Gabrielle Wooden, Camilyn Anderson article icon Issue Brief While state support teams have proven to be effective in improving district and school leadership, they need to work more closely with teachers to impact student learning.

By Robert Hanna | Monday, July 15, 2013

Common Strategies for Uncommon Achievement

book_alt2 icon Report States such as North Carolina must create the conditions that allow districts to support routines for improving student learning in their schools.

By Robert Hanna | Monday, July 8, 2013

5 Ways No Child Left Behind Waivers Help State Education Reform

Flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act provides states with important opportunities to increase the odds that their education reforms will succeed.

By Robert Hanna | Monday, April 8, 2013

Robert Hanna

Robert Hanna is a Senior Policy Analyst at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, he worked on school research with Dr. Ronald Ferguson at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously, Hanna taught math at Boston College High School in Massachusetts. Hanna has a master of arts degree in the social sciences from the […]

Tuesday, October 9, 2012