In this next blog post, I am going to shine a light on the intersection of education reform and policy analysis. As our nation continues to confront a number of complex and deeply rooted challenges relating to privilege, poverty and access to education, healthcare and opportunity, you may find that pursuing a career as a Education Policy Analyst may be an option.
Remember, social change happens at all levels starting at the individual, leading up to policy reform through research and advocacy! The trick is finding out where your skills and interests are best suited. Are you passionate about improving our education system to meet the needs of the next generation? Do you enjoy identifying problems and brainstorming solutions? Would you consider yourself a lifelong learner? Read on if creating change through policy and research piques your curiosity…
Education Policy works to inform how our education system functions, including its systems, processes, relationships and legal framework. Typically, education policy research and analysis happens within different levels of government or with organizations like think tanks and non-governmental institutions that work alongside and inform government policy makers. Those in the field are at the forefront of using research to identify challenges and develop detailed strategies to advocate for change. To be effective in this field, it is common for professionals to have firsthand experience in the education sector, and draw on the experience of education professionals who are “in the trenches”.
There are a number of varying roles within this field that all require different levels of experience and education: here is a great article that provides an overview of the field and some job titles to consider. Here are a few that grabbed my attention:
- Education Improvement Specialist: Education improvement specialists focus on implementing research-based school improvement models in collaboration with school administrators and leadership teams.
- Director of Education Policy: Directors work for state agencies, higher learning institutions and private educational institutions to interpret and execute current academic requirements.
- Education Researcher: Reads, synthesizes or develops education related academic studies and makes recommendations.
Interested in finding some additional blogs, website and social media handles to follow regarding policy education? Check out this article and bookmark those pages at your leisure! Remember, there are a number of policy and education related opportunities on campus through students organizations found on B-Engaged and the Center for Civic Engagement’s Youth Initiative.