Timothy Knowles


  • Accountability
  • Charter schools
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Common Core
  • Leadership
  • School reform
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher quality
  • Urban education

Timothy Knowles serves as chairman of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute as well as the Pritzker director of the UChicago Urban Labs and John Dewey clinical professor on the Committee on Education. UEI is dedicated to creating knowledge to produce reliably excellent schooling for children growing up in urban America. Previously, Knowles was deputy superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Boston Public Schools.  While in Boston he created two organizations devoted to building the pipeline of high quality teachers and school leaders for Boston Public Schools and served as co-director of the Boston Annenberg Challenge, a nationally recognized effort to improve literacy instruction. Knowles has also founded and directed a full-service K-8 school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, served as the founding director of Teach for America in New York City, and taught African History in Botswana. He has written and spoken extensively on the topics of school leadership, teacher quality, school reform, and accountability in public schools. He received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.