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Patrick M. Shields

Executive Director

Patrick M. Shields is the Executive Director of the Learning Policy Institute. He is a member of LPI’s Early Childhood Learning team, and is one of the co-authors of The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States. Shields also works on Educator Quality and co-authored LPI’s report, Addressing California’s Emerging Teacher Shortage.

Shields brings to LPI more than 25 years of experience managing large-scale social science research projects. Prior to joining LPI, he was the Executive Director of SRI Education, where he also served as Research Director for Teaching and California’s Future, a 15-year initiative to track the quality of the teacher workforce that contributed to legislation to ensure high-quality teaching for all of California’s students. Shields has also overseen many NSF- and foundation-supported studies of STEM opportunities for disadvantaged children, including serving as the co-principal investigator of the Science Activation Lab, a national research and design effort to dramatically strengthen learning.

Shields received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Educational Policy from Stanford University, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Romance Languages from Amherst College. He recently served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Strengthening Science Education through a Teacher Learning Continuum.