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Adam Barton

Class of 2019-2020

About Adam

Adam is an implementation and change scientist studying how to make education innovations work in practice. As a consultant, Adam regularly advises global organizations and policy leaders on designing, aligning, and implementing sustainable policies and programs. He is currently a Cambridge International Scholar and Stamps Doctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His work focuses on the psychological and social dimensions of educational change: the shifting mindsets, attitudes, and pedagogical behaviors of students, teachers, and parents. Adam most recently served as a lead researcher at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. There, he directed multi-million-dollar research projects on community beliefs and family engagement, including a mixed-methods study of nearly 30,000 family surveys, 100 engagement case studies, and artificial intelligence topic analytics. His publications include Leapfrogging Inequality, a co-authored book on education innovations. Other recent work includes advising the Delhi ministry on reform implementation, designing systems change strategies for the OECD network, and leading research on co-creative innovation as a visiting fellow and Luce Scholar at the Asia Pacific Initiative—a Tokyo think tank. Adam has lived and worked in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as an educator, program director, and researcher.(06/2022)

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