Ron Berger
Chief Academic Officer


  • Achievement gap
  • Character education
  • Charter schools
  • Low-income students
  • Peer relationships
  • Urban education

Ron Berger is the chief academic officer for EL Education — an organization that partners with districts and charter boards to found public schools in low-income communities that aim to send all graduates to college, and transforms existing public schools toward high student achievement, character, and citizenship. EL Education guides a network of over 150 public schools in more than 30 states. A former public school teacher, Berger works closely with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he did his graduate work and teaches a course that uses exemplary student project work to illuminate standards. With Harvard colleague Steve Seidel, he founded Models of Excellence: The Center for High-Quality Student Work, an open-source collection of the nation’s best K-12 student project work and writing. His writing and speaking center on inspiring quality and character in students, specifically through project-based learning, original scientific and historical research, service learning, and the infusion of arts. He works with the national character education movement to embed character values into the core of academic work.