Director of Applied Research and Professor of the Practice
Nate Schwartz is the Director of Applied Research and a Professor of the Practice at Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform. In 2020, he co-founded the EdResearch for Recovery initiative, which collects requests for pandemic-related research guidance from education leaders and identifies teams of researchers across the country to build out quick-response evidence synthesis. He also serves as the research chair for the Research Partnership on Professional Learning (RPPL), a collaboration between the Annenberg Institute and a group of professional learning providers that aims to produce more actionable research on teacher professional learning. Schwartz previously held a position as the chief research and strategy officer for the Tennessee Department of Education. In this role, he led the department’s research and strategic planning teams, contributing to the launch of Tennessee Succeeds, a strategic plan and vision aimed at increasing postsecondary and career readiness for Tennessee's one million students, and to the creation of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, an innovative state-level research partnership with Vanderbilt University. He started his career as a high school physics teacher.