Director of Applied Research and Professor of the Practice
Nate Schwartz is the Director of Applied Research and a Professor of the Practice at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. In 2020, he co-founded EdResearch for Recovery – now EdResearch for Action – to provide education leaders and policymakers with timely, relevant, and useful evidence for addressing persistent educational challenges. He also serves as the research chair for the Research Partnership on Professional Learning (RPPL), a collaboration between the Annenberg Institute and a group of professional learning providers, which aims to produce more actionable research on teacher professional learning. Nate previously served as the chief research and strategy officer for the Tennessee Department of Education. His contributions in this role include leading the department’s research and strategic planning teams, launching Tennessee Succeeds, a strategic plan and vision for increasing postsecondary and career readiness for Tennessee’s one million students, and helping create the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, an innovative state-level research partnership with Vanderbilt University. He started his career as a high school physics teacher.