David is an Assistant Professor of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership at the University of Oregon. He studies the challenges facing schools with concentrations of traditionally under-served students and effective leadership strategies to address these challenges.
Prior to this, David was a middle school principal in Chelsea, Massachusetts for five years. Language learners, who represented over half of the students in his school, achieved above average growth in their language development on the WIDA ACCESS exam over the last four years of David's leadership. In his final year as principal, the schoolwide median growth in English Language Arts was in the 60th percentile. Previously, he taught 6th through 8th grade English in Colorado for six years. David has been a policy advisor to the Massachusetts Secretary of Education and the New York Commissioner of Education. He also spent a year as a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris assessing the effectiveness of resource utilisation in OECD systems, with a particular focus on Portugal.
David holds a doctorate in Education Policy and masters degrees in School Leadership and in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. David and his wife spend much of their time chasing after their son and twin daughters, and their equally rambunctious black lab mix.