John Pane
Distinguished Chair in Education Innovation and Senior Scientist

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Adaptive courseware 
  • Assessment
  • Blended learning
  • Classroom technology
  • Education technology
  • Online learning
  • Personalized learning
  • Research and methodology

John F. Pane is distinguished chair in education innovation and a senior scientist at RAND Education and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He researches the implementation and effectiveness of innovations in education with a focus on personalized learning and education technology. He has led or co-led experiments using individual- or school-level random assignment, including a large-scale effectiveness trial of mathematics tutoring software in 147 schools in 51 school districts in seven states, and an experiment examining the efficacy of summer learning programs in five urban districts. He also leads quasi-experimental evaluations of schools implementing personalized learning models, and of Investing in Innovation and Race to the Top District projects. He co-directed the Carnegie Mellon/RAND Traineeships in Methodology and Interdisciplinary Research and led evaluations of an NSF math and science partnership and a district’s one-to-one laptop initiative; investigated data-driven decision making practices; and studied the effects of the 2005 hurricanes in Louisiana. Pane has a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.