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Steve Cantrell

Title Senior Program Officer
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Steve Cantrell is a former Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He played a leading role in guiding the foundation’s investments in innovative research and development focused on improving teaching and learning.

His experience cuts across a broad array of applied research contexts. As a Chief Program Officer at Learning Point Associates, Cantrell directed the Regional Educational Laboratory – Midwest. As Chief Research Scientist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he directed and developed a staff of researchers in the priority areas of school reform policy, policy analysis, and the implementation of district mathematics and science initiatives. Additionally, he has taught research methods at UCLA’s Graduate School of Public Policy.

He holds degrees from Brown University (AB, Economics) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D., Public Administration).

Posts By Steve Cantrell

Better Feedback for Better Teaching

Better Feedback for Better Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improving Classroom Observations offers practical guidance for improving observer training, assessment, and monitoring so all educators can benefit from trustworthy observations that provide them with meaningful, accurate, and actionable feedback.

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Measuring Effective Teaching: A Potential for Change

The MET data emphatically supports the conclusion that teaching practices matter and even small differences in practice are associated with small differences in student performance gains.

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