The experts at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy are dedicated to bridging the gap between outstanding research and urgent need in order to achieve educational excellence for all.

Beyond their wide-ranging expertise in global models, curriculum quality, school culture, and other complex issues is an underlying passion to solve the deepest challenges facing American education.

Whether gathering curricular inspiration from the classical tradition or looking around the world for better education system models, the Institute’s thought leaders examine topics at the core of our nation’s education history and delve into fundamental questions of its educational mission.

Recent Books

  • Educational Pluralism and Democracy: Exposure versus Indoctrination

    Ashley Berner’s book, Educational Pluralism and Democracy: Exposure versus Indoctrination, has been accepted by Harvard Education Press and will be released in Spring 2024.

    Book cover for Educational Pluralism and Democracy by Ashley Rogers Berner
  • A Nation at Thought: Restoring Wisdom in America’s Schools

    Released in March 2023 by Rowman & Littlefield, David Steiner’s new book analyzes what has gone wrong in the American school system in spite of so much labor, investment, and good intentions. A Nation at Thought lays out what brought us to this impasse and suggests a new way forward that would require a commitment to teaching students to think, not simply to accumulate information.

    Book cover of A Nation at Thought by David M. Steiner.
  • The Black Intellectual Tradition: Reading Freedom in Classical Literature

    In this book, Anika Prather and Angel Parham discuss our common heritage in the classics and the liberal arts and their importance. The Black Intellectual Tradition offers a way for America’s students and us all, as Americans, to a shared relationship with our living tradition in the Greco-Roman and Christian classics.

    The Black Intellectual Tradition by Anika Prather & Angel Parham book cover.
  • Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School

    Published in 2017, Pluralism and American Public Education argues that the uniform structure of public education is a key factor in the failure of America’s schools to fulfill the aims for which they were created. Author Ashley Rogers Berner presents an alternative that draws upon the pluralistic, civil society model that benefits public school systems across the globe.

    Pluralism & American Public Education: No One Way to School by Ashley Rogers Berner book cover.