Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC

Professor of education emeritus - University of California, Santa Cruz



Listen to the August 2023 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..."       
And here's the accompanying research report:                         Government Decisionmaking on Education in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Understanding the Fit among innovation, scaling strategy, and broader environmentThis report is part of the Research on Scaling the Impact of Innovations in Education (ROSIE) project

August, 2023: Olsen, B. Teacher Learning and the Future of Teacher Education. Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) keynote address.

Watch Brad's recent keynote here:   ATEE keynote Olsen 

(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."                 


Teaching for Success (2016, 2nd ed.) available in paperback.

Brad Olsen's book, Teaching for Success: Developing your Teacher Identity in Today's Classroom, 2nd edition (2016, Routledge Publishers) discuses 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