Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC

Professor of education emeritus - University of California, Santa Cruz


August, 2023: Listen to the recent FreshEd podcast conversation with Brad Olsen and Will Brehm
"Today we dig into the ways in which governments in low- and middle-income countries make decisions on education. What interventions work and which should be scaled? My guest is Brad Olsen. As he shows, these questions are a lot more complex than we might think..."                   https://freshedpodcast.com/olsen/

And here's the accompanying research report ...          Brad and his Brookings colleageues have recently published the 2023 report “Government Decisionmaking on Education in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Understanding the Fit among innovation, scaling strategy, and broader environment.” This report is part of the Research on Scaling the Impact of Innovations in Education (ROSIE) multiyear project housed at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and part of the Global Partnership for Education’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange.

(2021). European Journal of Teacher Education. Special issue: "Investigating Teacher Quality Around the World."      (B. Olsen, guest editor). 

"Using teacher quality as the catalyst, the eight articles in this volume consider teacher preparation and teacher assessment in twelve countries. The goal is to illuminate teacher quality – what it is and how it’s captured, measured and promoted – with an eye towards ways that it engages the whole structure of teacher recruitment, preparation, induction, evaluation, support and career development."                 https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cete20/44/3?nav=tocList 

(2021). Research paper on Teaching and learning in 5 charter schools in Bogota, Colombia.

FInd this research report at www.researchgate.net/publication/354765876_Teaching_and_Learning_in_Five_Charter_Schools_in_Bogota_Colombia_Results_from_a_Mixed-Methods_Study 

Teaching for Success (2nd ed.) now in paperback.

Brad Olsen's book, Teaching for Success: Developing your Teacher Identity in Today's Classroom, 2nd edition (2016, Routledge Publishers) shares valuable research and practice discussions around the core concept of teacher identity. In it, Olsen offers his own professional learning experience for prospective, new, and experienced educators: how to recognize, adjust, and maximize the many ways your personal self and your professional self become integrated in your teaching work