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Chris Torres

 Associate Professor
  Department of Educational Administration
 Ph.D., New York University
 406 Erickson
 517-432-0136
Chris Torres uses qualitative and mixed method approaches to critically examine new policies and organizations that aim to dramatically increase the academic performance of students in traditionally marginalized communities, such as urban “no-excuses” charter management organizations (CMOs), school choice, and school turnaround policies. In particular, he is interested in understanding not just what “works,” but the often overlooked costs and consequences of these policies and practices. Torres is also interested in how district governance and leadership shape the school improvement and policy implementation process, and in how educator recruitment, development and retention affect the viability and sustainability of organizational improvement. He is an Associate Director for the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA), is an associate editor for Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ), and serves on editorial boards of journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA) and Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA). His work has been supported by various funders and published in peer-reviewed journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Urban Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and the Journal of School Leadership.

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