DeMoss, Karen

Karen DeMoss

Karen DeMoss
PhD, Educational Policy, University of Chicago 
Director of the Institute for Urban Education and Associate Professor of Education Studies, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

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Areas of Expertise:
Education policy, accountability, school change, educational leadership, urban education, college access and success, higher education reform trends
Karen DeMoss’ work focuses on school reform and education policy, with an emphasis on the creation and maintenance of systems to serve underrepresented youth. She has worked in both academia and the nonprofit school reform sector and advocates for new roles for postsecondary institutions in addressing our nation’s educational challenges. As national director for Research and Evaluation at New Leaders for New Schools, she investigated linkages between leadership, accountability policies, and student achievement. She has provided input into federal K–12 education policy, led statewide public input into research on education financing as part of the American Institute for Research (AIR) project on New Mexico’s school finance adequacy, and conducted internationally recognized work on how the arts support student learning. She currently oversees two projects, one assisting underrepresented youth in gaining access to and succeeding in college and the other supporting teacher-led change teams in high-need high schools. 
Courses Taught:
  • Education Policy
  • Education at Work
  • Quantitative Reasoning in Education
  • Education Reform and Policy
  • Financing Public Education
  • Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods
  • Educational Leadership
  • Law and Education
Recent Publications:
A. Borden, S. Preskill, and K. DeMoss, “A New Turn Toward Learning for Leadership: Findings from an Exploratory Coursework Pilot Project,” Journal of Research on Leadership Education (forthcoming)

New Leaders for New Schools, Principal Effectiveness: A New Principalship to Drive Student Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, and School Turnarounds, with Key Insights from the UEFTM (2009) ( (contributor)

K. DeMoss, “Arts Education in Urban Centers: Assessing Processes and Outcomes Related to Arts Learning Environments,” in Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education (La Documentation française, Centre Pompidou, 2008) (also published in French)

K. DeMoss and K. Wong, Money, Politics, and Law: Intersections and Conflicts in the Provision of Educational Opportunity, yearbook of the American Education Finance Association (Eye on Education, 2004)

J. Chen and P. Horsch with K. DeMoss and S. Wagner, Effective Partnering for School Change: Improving Early Childhood Education in Urban Classrooms (Teachers College Press, 2003)

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