Curious. Innovative. Independent. The researchers at the Kingsbury Center have a common goal: to investigate strategies for advancing academic student growth and improving our schools. By partnering with diverse educational leaders, our team is helping to revolutionize education research with high quality data that is designed to inform, empower and make a difference.
Branin has worked in the K-12 educational arena for more than 10 years. In addition to conducting research for the Kingsbury Center, Branin has worked in a school district, charter school management organization and as a university researcher. His current interest areas include college and career readiness, school choice, teacher and school evaluations, longitudinal growth modeling and test engagement. Branin holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Communication from Corban College, an MPA from Portland State University, and is working on his doctorate in Educatioanl Measurement, Policy and Leadership at the University of Oregon.
What intrigues you most about the work you do?
Education is one of the final frontiers. Billions of dollars have been invested in research yet so little is known. The “not knowing” part leads me to work that much harder with the hope that our studies will contribute to the education knowledge base.
What are your three favorite things to do when you’re not working?
In no particular order: playing and writing music (guitar), reading books and trying to keep up with my children’s growing homework load.
If you could research anything – time and money are no object! – what would it be?
I’ve always been a science geek at heart so I would say developing a cold fusion powered car.
What education policy issue are you passionate about?
I have many favorites but I would have to say College and Career Readiness is at the top of my list at the moment.
If you had the authority to make one major national educational policy change, what would it be?
I would replace educational proficiency standards with a universal definition of success. The movement toward college and career readiness standards appears to positive step in this direction.