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Amy Stuart Wells

Professional Background

Educational Background

Prof Wells
Columbia University, Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., Sociology of Education, 1991.
Boston University, College of Communications, M.S., Journalism, 1986.
Southern Methodist University, Dedman College, B.A., English, 1984.

Scholarly Interests

Educational policy. Race and education. Charter schools. School desegregation. School choice policy.

Selected Publications

Wells, A.S.; Fox, A.L.; and Miles, A. (forthcoming). "Longing for Milliken: Why Rodriguez Would Have Been Good but Not Enough." In K. J. Robinson and C. Ogletree (Eds) Rodriguez at 40: Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Wells, A.S. (Wednesday, March 13, 2013). "Why NYC Should Make Diversity a School Choice." Schoolbook.Org. National Public Radio.

Roda, A. and Wells, A.S. (2013). "School Choice Policies and Racial Segregation:  Where White Parents' Good Intentions, Anxiety, and Privilege Collide." American Journal of Education. 119 (2). (pp. 261-293).

Wells, A.S.; Warner, M.; Gresikowski, C. (2013) "The Story of Meaningful School Choice: Lessons from Interdistrict Transfer Plans." Chapter Nine in Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg (Eds.) Educational Delusions? Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make Schools More Fair. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. (pp. 187-216).

Scott, J and Wells, A.S. (2013) "A More Perfect Union: Reconciling School Choice Policy with Equality of Opportunity Goals." Chapter Nine in Prudence Carter and Kevin Welner's (Eds.)  Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Student an Equal Chance. NY, NY: Oxford University Press. (pp. 123-140).

Wells, A.S.; Ready, D.; Duran, J.; Grzesikowski, C.; Hill, K.; Roda, A.; Warner, M.; & White, T. (2012). "Still Separate, Still Unequal, But Not Always So 'Suburban':  The Changing Nature of Suburban School Districts in the New York Metropolitan Area" Chapter Seven In W. F. Tate, IV (Ed.) Research on Schools, Neighborhoods and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility. AERA Presidential Volume. Washington D.C.: American Educational Research Association. (pp. 125-150).

Wells, A.S., Holme, J.J., Revilla, A.J., & Atanda, A.K. (2008). Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation's Graduates. University of California Press.

Holme, J. J. & Wells, A.S. (2008). "School Choice Beyond District Borders: Lessons for the Reauthorization of NCLB from Interdistrict Desegregation and Open Enrollment Plans" In Richard Kahlenberg (Ed.) Improving on No Child Left Behind. New York, NY: The Century

Wells, A.S., Duran, J., & White, T. (2008). Refusing to Leave Desegregation Behind: From Graduates of Racially Diverse Schools to the Supreme Court. Teachers College Record.

Wells, A.S. (2008). "The Social Context of Charter Schools: The Changing Nature of Poverty and What it Means for American Education." In Matthew G.Springer,  Herbert J. Walberg,  Mark Berends, and Dale Ballou (Eds.) Handbook of Research on School Choice. Philadelphia, PA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Wells, A.S. & Frankenberg, E. (2007) "The Public Schools and the Challenge of the Supreme Court's Integration Decision." Phi Delta Kappan 89 (3) (pp.178-188).

Wells, A.S. & Holme, J.J. (2006). "No Accountability for Diversity: Standardized Tests and the Demise of Racially Mixed Schools." in the Resegregation of the American South. Jack Boger and Gary Orfield (Eds.). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
(pp. 187-211).

Wells, A.S., Holme, J.J., Revilla, A.J., & Atanda, A.K. (2005). "How Society Failed School Desegregation Policy: Looking Past the Schools to Understand Them." Robert Floden, (Ed.) Review of Research in Education. 28 Special Issue for the Brown Anniversary. pp. 47-100.

Documents & Papers

How Desegregation Changed Us: The Effects of Racially Mixed Schools on Students and Society"

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Centers and Projects

Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media

The Hechinger Institute exists to equip journalists with the knowledge and skills they need to produce fair, accurate and insightful reporting. Since its launch in 1996, the institute has sponsored more than 63 seminars for journalists who write, editorialize or edit coverage of education.

More than 1,800 journalists have attended Hechinger Institute seminars, which feature top education experts, including faculty from Teachers College. Held at Teachers College and throughout the U.S., Hechinger seminars are designed to create an intimate, salon-like atmosphere in which all of the participants and presenters are encouraged to participate.

The institute also produces primers and publications on timely topics in education, from covering higher education to understanding teachers unions. The institute maintains a website with resources related to seminar topics along with a blog on early childhood issues. In 2007, the institute is sponsoring "Covering America, Covering Community Colleges" a fellowship designed to encourage and promote in-depth coverage of community colleges for print and broadcast reporters, online and editorial writers.
The Hechinger Institute's director is Richard Lee Colvin, the former lead education writer for the Los Angeles Times who spent much of his career writing about education for newspapers in California. The assistant director is Liz Willen, a former education writer for Newsday and Bloomberg News.

The institute is supported by a variety of private philanthropies, including the John S. and James Knight Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Joyce Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Harold W. McGraw Jr., chairman emeritus of the McGraw-Hill Companies, the Cotsen Family Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is named in memory of Fred M. Hechinger, a former education editor of the New York Times and a trustee of Teachers College.

Amy Stuart Wells appeared in the following articles:

2013 Year in Review: Research (1/13/2014)

TC President, 11 Faculty Make 2014 EduScholar Public Influence Rankings (1/9/2014)

Indexing Equity on Long Island (6/27/2013)

A Changing of the Guard on TC's Board of Trustees (7/20/2010)

Changing Faces on TC's Board (7/19/2010 9:59:00 AM)

Racial Achievement Gap Still Plagues Schools (11/9/2009)

Separate and Unequal (10/29/2009)

OPINION: Standards can't make separate equal (10/2/2009)

TC Study of Long Island School Districts Finds De Facto Segregation Compromises Education Opportunities (10/2/2009)

TC at AERA (4/21/2009)

Obama and the Integration Generation (3/2/2009)

Desegregation's Beneficiaries (1/13/2009)

What Works in Schools (9/23/2008)

In wake of ruling, FWCS maintains commitment to racial balance (6/1/2008)

The Value of Aiming High -- Together (5/21/2008)

What Works in Schools (5/21/2008)

Tough Questions, Provocative Answers, Lively Debate (4/22/2008)

Team Pre-K (3/31/2008)

TC at AERA, 2008 (3/25/2008)

Tackling Racial Segregation One Policy at a Time: Why School Desegregation Only Went So Far (3/11/2008)

Resegregation of American schools is deepening (1/26/2008)

Transcript of the State of the College Address (10/19/2007)

Getting Better All the Time (10/18/2007)

Do charters pass the test? (10/4/2007)

Alumni News (10/3/2007)

Census Study Eyes Blacks in Prison (9/26/2007)

Come On In, The Water's Fine (8/20/2007)

Amy Stuart Wells on Reviving Idea of Blending Students from City with Suburbs (7/12/2007 1:45:00 PM)

Court Ruling Likely to Further Segregate Schools, Educators Say (6/30/2007)

Equity Campaign Says: Ruling on Public School Racial Balance Efforts Is a Setback, but Leaves Some Options (6/28/2007)

The Equity Campaign Denounces Supreme Court Ruling Limiting the Use of Race in Public School Voluntary Integration Efforts (6/28/2007 2:38:00 PM)

2006: Research Highlights (5/8/2007)

2006: The Year in Review (5/8/2007)

Briefing the Court on School Integration (4/24/2007)

Learning What We Know About Equity (2/26/2007)

The Campaign Launches Major Equity Research Initiative (1/26/2007 4:46:00 PM)

Speaking Truth to Power on School Desegregation. Is Power Listening? (12/20/2006)

Racial mix at K-12 schools at stake in case going to high court (12/2/2006)

Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too? (11/21/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/8/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/6/2006)

Orienting to History (10/27/2006)

Should NCLB be Changed? (10/27/2006)

Amy Stuart Wells to Head Equity Campaign Research Initiative (10/26/2006 5:37:00 PM)

Wells to Head Equity Campaign Research Initiative (10/25/2006)

Contested Voluntary School Integration Plans (10/11/2006)

Wells Argues on Behalf of Contested Voluntary School Integration Plans (10/11/2006)

Rising Tide, Not Enough Boats (9/26/2006)

Build It and They Will Come (9/20/2006)

Sound Policy (9/18/2006)

TC: America's Policy Mecca (9/18/2006 1:27:00 PM)

No Charter School Left Behind (1/26/2006)

No Charter School Left Behind (1/26/2006)

National Education Leaders Issue Report to Stimulate Changes in Policies to Enhance Diversity, Achievement in Schools (11/15/2005)

Glass Half Full (10/11/2005 2:44:00 PM)

It's Not Just Academic (10/11/2005)

2004 at TC: The Year in Review (5/27/2005)

Adding Muscle to the Mission: TC's New Office of Policy and Research (5/27/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/8/2005)

Wells Examines Lessons Learned From Charter Schools (1/19/2005)

2003 at Teachers College (8/31/2004)

Charters Don't Seem to Make the Grade (8/23/2004)

"Our Leaders Are Us": Harlem Student Activists Inspire Each Other (6/7/2004)

A Symbol of Change (6/1/2004)

TC Celebrates Brown (6/1/2004)

Segregation More Prevalent 50 Years After Brown (5/24/2004)

Amy Stuart Wells Looks at How Desegregation Changed Us (4/30/2004)

Teachers College Honors Desegregation Groundbreaker Ruby Bridges Hall (4/30/2004)

How Desegregation Changed Us: The Effects of Racially Mixed Schools on Students and Society (3/30/2004)

NYC Schools Lack Diverse Student Populations (2/19/2004)

Isabel Martinez (11/17/2003)

Christy Bagwell (9/29/2003)

Amy Stuart Wells Discusses “The Many Faces of School Choice Policy” (3/1/2003)

Maryland Begins to Experiment with Charter Schools (2/9/2003)

"Our Leaders Are Us": Harlem Student Activists Inspire Each Other (1/1/2003)

After 10 Years, Reports on Charter Schools Still Mixed (10/29/2002)

Julius and Rosa Sachs Lecturer Amy Stuart Wells Addresses TC (10/1/2002)

Working to Make Equity in Education a Reality (10/1/2002)

Blacks in Catholic Schools are More Segregated (7/18/2002)

TC Welcomes New Members to the Faculty (9/1/2001)

The Sachs Lectures Feature Amy Stuart Wells (6/1/2001)

NCSPE Looks at School Choice and Racial Diversity (1/1/2001)

Sachs Lecture 3: The Reassertion of Collective Responsibility in Public Education (11/30/2000)

Stuart Wells: The Reassertion of Collective Responsibility in Public Education (11/30/2000)

Sachs Lecture 2: Stuart Wells Calls for a 'New Political Imagination' (11/7/2000)

Amy Stuart Wells: The Sachs Lecturer on 'Diversity at a Distance' (10/1/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)