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Expertise: K-12 education

Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at American Progress and the founding director of American Progress’ science of learning initiative.

Boser recently finished a book titled Learn Better that examines the new science of learning. Publishers Weekly called the book “engaging” and “thought-provoking,” while author Walter Isaacson said the book was “alternately humorous, surprising, and profound.” The book has been featured in many media outlets, including NPR, Slate, and The Atlantic. Amazon called Learn Better “the best science book of the year.”

In his work for American Progress, Boser has developed legislation, advised political campaigns, and served as managing director of the K-12 Education Policy team. Boser has personally briefed Bill Gates on education issues, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) drafted a change to federal law based Boser’s work. Boser’s research is often featured in the media, and his studies have appeared in outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today.

Boser is also the co-founder of Policy Design Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to scaling innovative social policy solutions, and he has helped launch a number of organizations including a nonprofit devoted to teacher reform. Boser has also served as an adviser to many institutions, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Before American Progress, Boser worked as a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report and a researcher for the newspaper Education Week. He has also been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, winner of an Education Writers Award, and was featured on CNN, NPR, and “NBC Nightly News.”

Boser’s op-eds have appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Boser’s examination of brain training was featured on the front page of the Outlook section of The Washington Post and helped spark an investigation into the brain-training industry.

Earlier in his career, Boser wrote The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters, which Forbes called “recommended reading” and Talking Points Memo described as “both comprehensive and engaging.” He also the author of The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft, which became a national best-seller and was optioned for film.

Boser’s career has also included stints as a reporter, editor, and English language instructor. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors.

By Ulrich Boser
Addressing the Gap Between Education Research and PracticeCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2018
The Prince-DeVos Plan to Privatize American InstitutionsCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2018
The Highly Negative Impacts of VouchersCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2018
The Value of Guardrails in EducationCenter for American ProgressNovember 28, 2017
Giving to the RichCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2017
Revisiting the Persistent Teacher Diversity ProblemCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2017
Making School Integration Work for the 21st CenturyThe 74July 5, 2017
Learning Mindsets and SkillsCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2017
Segregated by IncomeCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2017
Isolated and SegregatedCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2017
Trump University: A Look at an Enduring Education ScandalCenter for American ProgressMarch 30, 2017
What Do People Know About Excellent Teaching and Learning?Center for American ProgressMarch 14, 2017
Revisited: Do Schools Challenge Our Students?Center for American ProgressMarch 7, 2017
State Profiles: DeVos and Trump Put Vulnerable Students in JeopardyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 25, 2017
The DeVos Dynasty: A Family of ExtremistsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2017
Conflicts of DeVosCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2017
Will DeVos Do For Schools What She Did For Flint Water?NewsweekJanuary 9, 2017
Later School Start Times Could Boost Student OutcomesCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2016
Workin’ 9 to 5Center for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Implementing the Every Student Succeeds ActCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2016
A Look at the Education CrisisCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2016
Lessons From State Performance on NAEPCenter for American ProgressJanuary 14, 2016
The Sorry State of Education FundingU.S. News & World ReportDecember 16, 2015
The Hidden Value of Curriculum ReformCenter for American ProgressOctober 14, 2015
The Best Way to Boost GDP: Education?U.S. News & World ReportAugust 12, 2015
5 Key Principles to Guide Consideration of any ESEA Title I Formula ChangeCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2015
Separate and Economically UnequalU.S. News & World ReportJune 18, 2015
Education Funding Fails the TestU.S. News & World ReportMay 14, 2015
The Power of the Pygmalion EffectCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2014
Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry IncomesCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2014
Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal ProductivityCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2014
Interactive: What’s the Productivity of Your District?Center for American ProgressJuly 9, 2014
Return on Educational Investment: 2014Center for American ProgressJuly 9, 2014
The Promise of Education Information SystemsCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2014
The New Education CFOCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2014
What Advanced Placement Means for the Future of American Education and Common CoreReal Clear EducationMay 19, 2014
Teacher Diversity RevisitedCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2014
America’s Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of ColorCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2014
Why Too Many Schools Live in an Analog World—and What We Can Do About ItCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2014
In the Quest to Improve Schools, Have Teachers Been Stripped of Their Autonomy?Center for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2014
Do Teachers Really Lack Autonomy and Freedom?Center for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2014
Size Matters: A Look at School-District ConsolidationCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2013
Are Schools Getting a Big Enough Bang for Their Education Technology Buck?Center for American ProgressJune 14, 2013
Interactive Map: How Much Are Students Learning?Center for American ProgressJuly 10, 2012
Do Schools Challenge Our Students?Center for American ProgressJuly 10, 2012
Race to the Top: What Have We Learned from the States So Far?Center for American ProgressMarch 26, 2012
GOP Can Learn from the Gipper on EducationThe Hill's Congress BlogFebruary 2, 2012
Teacher Diversity MattersCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2011
Phantom MenaceCenter for American ProgressOctober 14, 2011
A Way ForwardCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2011
Advancing Teacher and Principal EffectivenessCenter for American ProgressApril 6, 2011
Return on Educational InvestmentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2011
The Truth About Performance Pay for TeachersAOL OpinionOctober 5, 2010