Bryan Hassel

Guest Blogger

Co-Director, Public Impact

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bryan Hassel is co-director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, non-profit organizations and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K-12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship and human capital in education.

Hassel’s recent work includes a chapter on how cutting-edge data strategies could transform public education in the book “A Byte at the Apple: Rethinking Data Systems for the Post-NCLB Era” and co-authoring “The Big U-Turn: How to Bring Schools From the Brink of Doom to Stellar Success” for Education Next

He also authored the Brookings Institution Press book “The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise,” co-edited the Brookings volume Learning From School Choice and co-authored Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence.

Hassel received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar.

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Posted June 5, 2015

Yes We Can Have Great Teachers in High-Poverty Schools

Fact or fantasy? A high-poverty, high-need school posts several teacher openings and ends up with far too many candidates. More…

By Bryan Hassel, Emily Ayscue Hassel

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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