Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy is dedicated to integrating the domains of research, policy, and practice to achieve educational excellence for all of America’s students.
Located at one of the nation’s premiere research universities and housed within its top-ranked school of education, the Institute has direct access to leading national and international scholars. At the same time, located in Baltimore, the Institute shares a home with an urban public school system that embodies many of the deepest challenges facing American education. We exist to bridge the gap between outstanding research and urgent need.
The Institute is committed to translating research on what narrows America’s persistent achievement gaps to those on the front lines of policy and practice.
Specifically, we connect research to the policies and practices that will ensure all children have access to:
- Deep and intellectually challenging curricula
- Highly-effective educators
- Schools models that meet students’ diverse needs
By delivering the strongest evidence to the policy-makers who set the course and the practitioners who teach and lead, we hope to serve the American children who enter our classrooms every day.
About the Institute
On any given Monday morning, a teacher reads through the day's lesson plans one last time and considers the demands ahead. A state education commissioner studies her schedule and contemplates the meetings to be attended, the regulations to be readied. The researcher prepares his fitted logistical regression models for publication. Three individuals in three professional communities, three sets of concerns expressed in three languages. A common goal unites them: to help America’s school children reach their full potential.
Join us in our endeavor to integrate these worlds. We believe that building partnerships across these different constituencies is necessary to advance excellence and equity for all of America’s children. The Institute operates on the understanding that education policy must be informed both by real-world conditions and also by excellent research; that it is possible to translate the technical vocabularies of research into a language that is accessible and useful to policy experts, principals, teachers and parents; that in our richly diverse nation, education must be driven and sustained by evidence about what works and what does not.
To make good on these commitments, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy breaks down the silos that separate those on the front lines of schooling from those who are working to inform and regulate their worlds. We create partnerships among scholars so that they may share expertise and new research on our classrooms’ most pressing challenges. We bring evidence of effective reforms to policy-makers in their language - attuned to political realities and informed by the tough metrics of cost and benefits. We rescue from obscurity important findings about powerful educational interventions and share them with school districts, state legislators, and state departments of education. Building on a model we developed in New York City, we convene leaders from diverse and often opposing viewpoints to analyze our toughest educational issues.
Now is the time to bridge the divides to ensure the high-caliber education all children need and deserve.
We are privileged to work with the following fine organizations:
Relay Graduate School of Education
William and Melinda Gates Foundation
The William T. Grant Foundation
Core Knowledge Foundation
Achelis & Bodman Foundation
Chiefs for Change
Deans for Impact
Science of Learning
Hunter College at CUNY
The Open Society Institute - Baltimore
The Alliance for Excellent Education
The Fund for Educational Excellence