Center for Public Research and Leadership
The Center for Public Research and Leadership (“CPRL”) is an emerging partnership of top professional schools that prepares students for leadership positions in public education organizations committed to improving the life chances of all children. The program aspires to bring together upper-level graduate students in business, policy, education, and law from universities across the nation to study and engage in consulting projects serving public- and social-sector organizations undertaking and supporting transformational change in K-12 education and in the public sector as a whole. We offer graduate students the rigorous, multi-disciplinary, academic and experiential preparation they need to flourish in exciting leadership, management, and professional positions in those same organizations while simultaneously offering the organizations high-quality, low-cost consulting support.
We aspire to:
- Widen the pool of capable, professionally diverse managers and leaders dedicated to improving public education;
- Enhance the education and wider public sector’s access to robust, affordable consulting support and usable tools and research; and
- Expand and equalize access to high-quality education for all children.
We plan to achieve this by:
- Attracting talented students from a diverse set of top professional schools and universities to study how organizations work and change;
- Developing the capabilities they need to make public education organizations more effective and agile;
- Enriching their learning through consulting projects for those organizations; and
- Motivating them to pursue careers in public service.
James S. Liebman, Columbia Law School’s Simon H. Rifkin Professor of Law and former head of the New York City Schools’ Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources directs CPRL, conducts its academic seminar, and oversees its consulting teams.
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Faculty and Staff bios
Liz is CPRL’s Director of Research and Curriculum and serves as an Engagement Manager. Before joining CPRL, Liz was an Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education, where she taught general pedagogy courses, designed and managed internal data collection systems, and performed research on school discipline, teacher preparation, and social-emotional learning. Liz began her work in education as a middle and high school English teacher in the South Bronx. She earned her BA from Yale University, her MA in Teaching from Pace University, and her PhD in Education Policy from Columbia University.
James S. Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, is the Executive Director of the Consortium for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL). From 2006 to 2009, Jim took a partial leave of absence from Columbia Law School to serve as Chief Accountability Officer at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). While there, he created and led the Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources, directed the City's summative assessment programs, directed the design and implementation of the City's comprehensive new accountability and periodic assessment systems, facilitated the establishment in each of the City's 1500 schools of inquiry teams for using data to improve student learning, and designed and deployed a citywide instructional data system that won the 2009 Government Technology Magazine and Digital Government Award for Overall Excellence in Technology. Jim joined the Columbia law faculty in 1985 and he served as Vice Dean from 1991 to 1992. He was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1979 to 1985, where he specialized in school desegregation litigation. He served as law clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1977 to 1978, and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979. Jim earned his BA from Yale University and his JD from Stanford University.
Jessica is an Engagement Manager and Research Analyst at CPRL. She is also a consultant for Girls Preparatory Charter School, where she coordinates an in-service teacher preparation program and provides instructional coaching. Jessica is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Education Policy at Teachers College, where she has been a Graduate Research Assistant on various projects related to teacher development and evaluation. Prior to beginning her current program and joining CPRL, she taught elementary school in New York City for five years. Jessica earned her BA from the University of Chicago and a MS in Childhood Education from Hunter College at the City University of New York.
Julia is CPRL's Director of Expansion and serves as an Engagement Manager. Before that, she led Relay Graduate School of Education's media team, and later focused on Relay GSE's organizational planning and growth initiatives. She has worked as a management consultant at Booz & Company, and has been a TFA development staff member and corps member. Julia earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Teaching from Pace University, and her MBA from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.
Martin Kurzweil is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and has been a co-instructor of CPRL's Public Sector Structural Change in P-12 Education course since 2012. He is director of the Educational Transformation program at Ithaka S+R, a non-profit research and consulting organization, where he focuses on education governance and on evidence-based strategies to improve student learning. Previously, he served as senior executive director for research, accountability, and data at the New York City Department of Education until 2012. He has also worked as a corporate litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and as a researcher at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Kurzweil’s publications include Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, winner of the 2006 Outstanding Book Award of the American Educational Research Association. Martin earned his BA and his JD from Harvard University.
Tatyana is an Assistant Director at CPRL. Tatyana joined Columbia Law School (CLS) in 1999 as a faculty assistant. From 2002 to 2005, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Dean. In 2005, she was named the Assistant Director of the Parker School at CLS. Tatyana graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College with a BA in History and French and received her Master of Letters in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews.