New leader selected for Consortium on Chicago School Research

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Paul Goren, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation, has been named executive director for The University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research. He will formally take charge in May, nearly one year after former director John Easton accepted a presidential appointment to run the Dept. of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

In a university press release, Goren said he will maintain a focus on Chicago Public Schools while nurturing the Consortium’s “growing national influence.” The Consortium approach, which has spurred similar efforts in New York and elsewhere, forges data-sharing agreements with districts that lead to rich, independent research on school policy and practice.

Paul Goren, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation, has been named executive director for The University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research. He will formally take charge in May, nearly one year after former director John Easton accepted a presidential appointment to run the Dept. of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

In a university press release, Goren said he will maintain a focus on Chicago Public Schools while nurturing the Consortium’s “growing national influence.” The Consortium approach, which has spurred similar efforts in New York and elsewhere, forges data-sharing agreements with districts that lead to rich, independent research on school policy and practice.

Goren has worked closely with Consortium researchers during his tenure at the Spencer Foundation. He started his career as a middle school teacher and has served as the director of the Education Policy Studies Division of the National Governors’ Association. Other posts include: executive director of Policy and Strategic Services for the Minneapolis Public Schools and director of Child and Youth Development for the Program on Human and Community Development at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He recently studied education policy in New Zealand through the Ian Axford Fellowship program of Fulbright New Zealand.