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Christine Pitts

Director of Impact & Communications

Background

Christine Pitts is the director of impact and communications at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. She brings over a decade of strategic leadership experience advancing a transformative vision for U.S. education systems and bringing analytic skill to evidence-based policy agendas at all levels of governance. Prior to joining CRPE, Christine led research and evaluation for Portland Public Schools in Oregon and served as Research Scientist and Policy Advisor at NWEA. Her academic research, focusing on accountability, governance, and social networks, can be found in Educational Researcher and Teachers College Record. As a lifelong educator, Christine has served in schools across the country as a classroom teacher and administrator. Christine earned her BS and MAEd at East Carolina University, as well as her PhD at the University of Oregon.

Publications

Christine Pitts

  • The Lens    

Enrollment drops, staff shortages cause budget whiplash for top school districts

Alvin Makori, Christine Pitts

The contrasting trends underscore the pandemic’s wildly variable impact on districts — and the key impact of enrollment on revenue

  • The Lens    

Many districts are doing less this summer to make up for lost learning

Lisa Chu, Christine Pitts

Even after an additional year to plan and more federal recovery dollars available, districts’ 2022 summer programs are mostly the same as last year.

  • Research Reports    

Innovation in New England

Cara Pangelinan, Chelsea Waite, Christine Pitts, Sarah McCann, Heather Casimere

CRPE partnered with The BARR Foundation to map the New England region’s landscape of learning.

  • Research Reports    

Virtual Learning, Now and Beyond

Christine Pitts, Travis Pillow, Bree Dusseault, Robin Lake

This brief provides a guide for education leaders and policymakers building a path to sustainable and quality virtual learning.

  • Research Reports    

A new COVID–19 data source for answering emerging pandemic questions

Sarah Cohodes, Christine Pitts

This brief includes one example of how to use the COVID-19 School Data Hub, as well as how it compares to other similar US databases.

  • The Lens    

The state of the American district: Refocusing our state and local agendas on teaching, learning, and engagement

Christine Pitts

Surveys of a national panel of superintendents revealed that many districts are expanding nonacademic services, navigating an immediate staffing crunch and longer-range fiscal uncertainty when federal recovery funds expire, and expanding virtual schools.

  • Research Reports    

Recovery for U.S. Students in 2021: What Schools and Districts Can Do to Make Up for Lost Learning Time

Bree Dusseault, Christine Pitts, Robin Lake

We propose six principles to ensure students experience a positive, healthy, and restorative schooling experience this year.

  • The Lens    

Notes from our database: The latest on 2021-22’s rocky return to school

Bree Dusseault, Travis Pillow, Christine Pitts

The scramble to reopen schools, keep students safe, and keep them learning hasn’t abated.

  • The Lens    

State leaders must choose accountability over complacency in reopening plans

Christine Pitts, Ashley Jochim

Schools around the country are once again scrambling to keep students learning in person against a rising tide of COVID-19 cases. 

  • The Lens    

Bolder leadership needed to keep students safe and learning next year

Christine Pitts, Travis Pillow

Schools owe students a chance to gain back the learning opportunities they were denied last year. They cannot afford to squander another year because of tepid leadership and political squabbling.

  • Research Reports    

A Roadmap to Kick-Start Recovery in 2021: Six Principles for Summer Learning and Beyond

Bree Dusseault, Christine Pitts, Robin Lake

This paper presents school districts with six principles of summer learning that can guide pandemic recovery and planning for the summer, fall, and beyond.

  • The Lens    

The summer puzzle: Summer plans to date are lacking in key areas

Christine Pitts

CRPE’s review of 100 urban and large school districts for summer plans finds that, similar to last year, most summer school plans are vague.

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