Research fellow in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, focusing on early childhood education
Katharine Stevens is currently a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI, where she focuses on the research and politics surrounding early childhood education, and the implementation challenges of rapidly growing early-childhood education initiatives, especially around issues of teacher quality. Stevens has over 20 years of both on-the-ground and research experience in public education, and began her career as a preschool teacher in New Haven, Connecticut, and St. Louis, Missouri. In her previous work, she designed and led Teachers for Tomorrow, one of the first U.S. urban teacher residency programs, which recruited and trained teachers for New York City’s lowest-performing schools by placing non-traditional candidates as full-time apprentices with effective, expert teachers in those schools. She has a Ph.D. in education policy from Columbia University, a M.Ed. from Teachers College, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a B.A. in US history from the University of Chicago.