Ellen Goldring
Professor of Education Policy and Leadership


  • Principals
  • School choice
  • School reform

Ellen Goldring is the Patricia and Rodes Hart professor of education policy and leadership, and chairs the department of leadership, policy and organizations at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests focus on the intersection of education policy and school improvement with particular emphases on school organization, school choice and education leadership. She conducts research on developing effective and psychometrically valid and reliable principal evaluation practices and policies, and is a co-author of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education. Her research on school leadership examines leadership practice and the implementation and effects of professional development, coaching and performance feedback. She is the principal investigator of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation study examining how principals and districts/charter management organizations use teacher effectiveness data for human capital decisions and a study of the role of principal supervisors funded by the Wallace Foundation.