Warren Simmons

Senior Fellow, Annenberg Institute
Providence, RI

Dr. Warren Simmons serves as the senior fellow at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform where he previously served as Executive Director for many years and continues to team-teach a course in Urban Systems and Structure in the Urban Education Policy Program. Before Annenberg he was the executive director of the Philadelphia Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that helped the School District of Philadelphia to fund, develop, and implement new academic standards, content-based professional development, standards-based curriculum resources, and comprehensive school reform, as part of the Children Achieving reform agenda.  At the Annie E. Casey Foundation he developed and funded initiatives on community development and urban school reform.  He also served as director of equity initiatives for the New Standards Project and as a special assistant to the superintendent of schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he planned and/or implemented district-wide initiatives on improving the achievement of disadvantages students. 

He serves on the boards and advisory groups of numerous education reform organizations including the Public Education Network, the Merck Institute, the National Center on Education and the Economy, PLATO Learning, Inc. the College Crusade of Rhode Island, and the Cowen Institute’s National Advisory Council.  He received a B.A. in psychology from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University.   

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