Brian Lord

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Brian Lord
Principal Research Scientist

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Brian Lord leads research and evaluation on student-centered learning, teacher leadership, teacher working conditions, and teachers’ professional development. He brings extensive expertise in studying the costs and configurations of professional development in urban school districts, models of teacher leadership in large-scale mathematics and science education reform, and characteristics of lesson study in middle school and high school mathematics.

Lord is the lead evaluator of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s District Level Systems Change Initiative, a multi-year, multi-site initiative aimed at promoting student-centered learning in high schools in the New England region. Previously, he served as evaluator of the New Jersey-based CONNECT-ED professional development initiative in science education and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Environmental Science Leadership Program. He also served as principal investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (RETA) design study "Creating Better Frameworks for Implementation Evaluations in MSPs," and was the co-principal investigator of Teacher Leadership for Systemic Reform, a three-year study of models of teacher leadership in NSF’s Urban Systemic Initiatives.

Lord has also led technical assistance and outreach efforts for national initiatives, including the NSF's Statewide Systemic Initiatives, the Ford Foundation’s Urban Mathematics Collaboratives, and the College Board’s Forum on Standards and Learning. He is the author of "Teacher Leadership in Large-scale Mathematics and Science Education Reform" (with Kate Cress and Barbara Miller) in Effective Teacher Leadership and "Teachers Professional Development: Critical Colleagueship and the Role of Professional Communities" in The Future of Education: Perspectives on National Standards in America.

Before joining EDC, he was Assistant Director of the Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance at Stanford University.

Lord received a BA from the University of Southern California and an MA from U.C. San Diego. He was a PhD candidate at Stanford’s School of Education.