Dr. Betsey Useem

Betsey Useem is a sociologist with extensive experience in educational research and teaching. Most recently, she has served as a consultant to The Barra Foundation, as a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia, and as an Advisory Board member of Healthy Newsworks, a non-profit serving low-income children in the Philadelphia area. Prior to that, she was a Senior Research Consultant to Research for Action (RFA), a non-profit education research firm located in Philadelphia. At RFA, she conducted research on teacher staffing issues and district governance in the School District of Philadelphia.  From 1993 to 2004, she was Director of Research and Evaluation at the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) where she published reports on teacher quality and supply, comprehensive secondary school reform, and teacher professional development. Prior to coming to PEF, she was Director of Teacher Education at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College and, before that, she served for more than two decades as a faculty member in the Sociology Departments of Boston State College and the University of Massachusetts at Boston.  She received her doctoral and Master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. in history from Northwestern University.

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