Thomas Hatch


  • Accountability
  • International comparisons
  • School reform
  • Teacher quality

Thomas Hatch is an associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and co-director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST). He previously served as a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he co-directed the K–12 program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and established the Carnegie Knowledge Media Laboratory. His current work includes studies of district-wide reform efforts to address the achievement gap in suburban and urban districts. He is also carrying out a comparative study of accountability and school improvement policies in high-performing countries — Singapore, Finland, and the Netherlands — and the lower-performing U.S. and Norway. He also founded, which provides information, research and resources related to educational policy and educational change outside the U.S. His books include “Managing to Change: How Schools can Survive (and Sometimes Thrive) in Turbulent Times”; “Into the Classroom: Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning”; and “School Reform Behind the Scenes.”