I have the privilege of teaching interdisciplinary courses cross-listed between the Lynch School of Education and B.C.’s Law School. The mix of experienced education practitioners and novice lawyers presents a fascinating opportunity for all of us to learn from each other about the role of ethics and public policy in education decision-making and the impact of law on education practice.
The focus of all of my work has been the improvement of access to meaningful educational opportunity for all students. My research focuses on the impact of law on education practice and the relationship between social science research and professional standards on the law. In addition to my faculty role, I have served as Dean of our School of Education and as legal counsel for students, educators, and schools in many different types of education disputes, particularly over high stakes uses of testing. I have published numerous books, chapters, and articles on education law and public policy, educational and employment testing, educator quality, educational accountability, and individuals with disabilities. I devote a great deal of time to serving as a volunteer expert at the National Academy of Sciences, advising Congress and state and federal government officials on education policy issues.