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Dion Burns

Senior Researcher

Dion Burns is a Senior Researcher at the Learning Policy Institute. He conducts quantitative and qualitative research on issues of educator diversity, whole child education practices, and equitable resources and access. Burns’ recent research has included work relating to students experiencing homelessness, students in foster care, the educator workforce, and community schools. 

Before joining LPI, Burns was a Research Analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, where his work included research into teaching quality, educator professional collaboration, and student-centered schools. He was a coauthor of the book Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World (Jossey-Bass). Burns has also worked in international education diplomacy with roles in Latin America and South Korea, in higher education policy in New Zealand, and as a teacher in Japan. 

Burns received a Master of Arts in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a Master of International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He holds additional graduate- and undergraduate-level qualifications in mathematics, physics, and economics.