Sean Conlan

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Sean Conlan

Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

Sean develops and executes research projects to increase knowledge of effective authorizing practices and policies.

He has spent nearly a decade in education reform researching charter school authorizing, its practices, and the relationship between authorizing and school outcomes. Prior to joining NACSA, Sean was a research design and statistics consultant. He also taught psychology, research methods, and statistics at the university level.

Sean holds a Ph.D. in psychology with minors in statistics and measurement from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and psychology from the University of Michigan.

Sean believes in the power of education to transform lives and the promise of charter schools to serve students that have been underserved by the traditional public education system.

When he’s not at work, Sean spends his time hiking, biking, and camping with family and friends. He also runs, but hates it.


Most Recent Posts
NACSA’s Four Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Program (CSP) State Entity Grant
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is one of the few levers the federal government plays in charter schooling around the country. To date, the program has put more than $5...
NACSA Names Courtney Hughley as Vice President of Communications
Karega Rausch, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), announced today that Courtney Hughley joins NACSA as vice president of communications.  “I’m honored to join...
Read it in the Washington Post: Without Communities
Some important, really important, stakeholders are notably absent from a piece on the history of charter schools in Wednesday’s Washington Post. The author places teacher unions in opposition to education reformers and policymakers...