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Lynn Olson

Title Special Assistant to the Director of Education
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lynn Olson is the special assistant to the director of education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Olson was a writer and editor for 24 years at Education Week, an independent, national newspaper covering K-12 education in the United States. In 2005 the Consortium for Policy Research in Education presented her with an award for distinguished contributions to the field of education policy. She also has received awards from the Education Writers Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the International Reading Association. During her time at Education Week, Ms. Olson served as the executive project editor for both Quality Counts, an annual report card on public education in the 50 states, and Diplomas Count, an annual report on high school graduation rates and policies.

 

 

Posts By Lynn Olson

Literacy Leaders Can Be Found in All Subjects

One advantage of the Common Core State Standards is that they give all teachers—not just English teachers—the opportunity to become literacy leaders in their schools.

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New Guidance to Ensure that Every Teacher Grows—and Every Student Succeeds

States and districts across the country have worked hard to build systems aimed at providing teachers with the supports they need to advance student learning. There are several new resources to help leaders leverage this critical opportunity to improve their teacher evaluation systems.

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College Readiness: Our Students Deserve No Less

The Let's Talk series is designed to share what we are learning from our investments and the work of our partners. Our work highlights the importance of high standards; high-quality feedback; and strong, useful tools.

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Proceeding With Care on Tying Evaluations to Teacher Pay

As states and districts begin putting new teacher support and evaluation systems in place, they’re asking how the information from those systems should inform teacher compensation. That’s an important question given how much money we spend on education and how to ensure the best results for students. But states and districts should proceed cautiously as they move into this uncharted territory.

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Rethink Unrealistic Timelines

It’s particularly important to be thoughtful now, as states and districts transition from their existing math and literacy tests to new assessments aligned with the Common Core-State Standards.

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