Van Schoales


  • Academic performance
  • Academic standards
  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Advanced placement
  • Arts education
  • Assessment
  • Charter schools
  • Class size and structure
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Common Core
  • Community involvement
  • District reform
  • Education reform
  • Educational pathways
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • History of education
  • Leadership
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Politics
  • Principals
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • School choice
  • School reform
  • Science
  • Small schools
  • State of education
  • State policy
  • STEM education
  • Student-centered education
  • Urban education

Van Schoales is the CEO of A+ Denver, a community-based “action tank” for education reform. He has over 25 years of experience leading education reform efforts from the classroom to the statehouse. He was formerly the executive director of Education Reform Now, a national education advocacy organization affiliated with Democrats for Education Reform, and the education program officer at the Piton Foundation. Schoales helped develop and has led a number of nonprofits, including the Odyssey School, Denver School of Science and Technology, Democrats for Education Colorado, A+ Denver, Bay Area Coalition of Equitable Schools and Chalkbeat Colorado. He has authored and edited a variety of papers on school choice, charter schools, school accountability, student achievement, school design, state policy and other education reform topics. He is regularly quoted by The Denver Post, NBC, NPR, Chalkbeat Colorado, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Education Week, Univision and Fox News. Schoales earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has master’s degrees from Brown, San Francisco State and Stanford universities.