Theodore Hershberg
Founding Director


  • School reform

Theodore Hershberg is professor of public policy and history and founding director of the Center for Greater Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1967. He served as assistant to the mayor of Philadelphia for strategic planning and policy development during a leave from Penn in 1984-1985, and as acting dean of Penn’s School of Public and Urban Policy. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in American history from Stanford University. Hershberg has researched education reform, regional cooperation and urban-industrial transformation. His school-reform views are found in “A Grand Bargain for Education Reform: New Rewards and Supports for New Accountability,” published by Harvard Education Press in 2009. He and his colleagues at Penn-based Operation Public Education have spent the last four years working with the 2009 Broad Prize-winning Aldine Independent School District in Houston, helping them design and implement a new teacher evaluation system and a performance-based compensation system. All schools in the district of 69,500 students are Title I eligible.