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People: The Return Of Tom Toch

image from www.edweek.orgOne of the few people I know who generally speaks his mind regardless of friendships or funding relationships (and usually knows what he's talking about), the irascible Tom Toch is back fulltime in the education policy game. I tweeted the news yesterday.  Now read the press release below. Toch was an education journalist for many years, then co-founded Education Sector and ran a DC-area independent schools association.  Now we just need to get him blogging, Twittering, and wasting his time like the rest of us.  He'll be a senior fellow with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  

Carnegie Names Thomas Toch Senior Fellow for Public Policy Engagement

Education policy expert and writer Thomas Toch has joined the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a senior fellow for public policy engagement.  Toch will contribute to Carnegie’s initiatives to strengthen the K-12 teaching profession, improve the success rates of students in public higher education, and rethink the relationship between research and practice in American education.

“We are committed to strengthening teaching and learning throughout elementary, secondary and post-secondary education,” said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk, “and with his deep understanding of education policy and strong national network, Tom will contribute to this work in important ways. He is a welcome addition to the Carnegie team and we are pleased to have him representing the foundation in critical national conversations.”

Toch brings a wide range of experience to this new work with Carnegie.  He co-founded and co-directed Education Sector, a leading independent think tank in Washington, D.C. He spent three years as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. And he has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and authored two books on American education, In the Name of Excellence (Oxford University Press) and High Schools on a Human Scale(Beacon Press).

Toch spent a decade as the senior education correspondent at U.S. News and World Report and has contributed to The Atlantic, The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New RepublicNewsweekThe Wall Street JournalNew York Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Monthly. His writing has won numerous prizes, including the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Goldsmith Prize, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, the Society for Professional Journalists Public Service Award, and several awards from the Education Writers Association.

He currently writes the monthly WashingtonView column for Kappan magazine and is a contributor to theNational Journal’s Education Experts blog. He can be reached at toch@carnegiefoundation.org 



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Tom Toch's return is good news indeed. A straight forward reporter who calls them like he sees them!

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