Senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC

Professor of Education Emeritus - University of California, Santa Cruz


Teaching for Success (2nd ed.) 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.


recently releASED...

(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."


(2021). Recently posted article: Teaching and learning in 5 charter schools in Bogota, Colombia...

See the research report: www.researchgate.net/publication/354765876_Teaching_and_Learning_in_Five_Charter_Schools_in_Bogota_Colombia_Results_from_a_Mixed-Methods_Study

what i am up to these days...

In 2021, I joined the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, where I'm leading an exciting multi-national, multi-year initiative called ROSIE (Research on Scaling the Impact of Innovations in Education). I'm working with colleagues around the world who are studying and implementing innovations designed to transform systems and improve education for all. I hope you'll learn with us as we proceed. For more, see https://www.brookings.edu/research-on-scaling-the-impact-of-innovations-in-education/