Ken Wagner is a Senior Fellow for Education Policy and Practice at the Annenberg Institute, with a particular focus on advancing equity through education design, demand, and choice; teacher and student career and learning pathways; and shared, inclusive leadership.
Ken’s education career began when he was elected to his local school board as an 18 year-old high school senior, following a campaign platform to amplify the student voice in state and local education systems. He has since served in various roles at the national, state, and local levels, including school psychologist and middle school principal. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University.
Prior to coming to Rhode Island, Ken served at the New York State Department of Education from 2009 to 2015, ultimately serving as Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy, with a portfolio that included curriculum, assessment, instruction, and education technology. He served as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2015 to 2019, with a focus on building the foundations for long-term and sustainable improvements in Rhode Island schools, anchored in the demands of students, families, and teachers, and aligned to economic growth and opportunity.