Background and Contact Info


Peter Piazza (@PeterTPiazza)

CV (updated 11/2020)

I am an education policy researcher, whose work is oriented towards understanding how public education can best prepare citizens for thoughtful participation in a multicultural democracy. I work for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (@MassCIEA), where we are developing and implementing a more holistic alternative to standardized test-based measurement of schools and students. Here’s a blog post that I wrote when I started the job– it has more background about MCIEA and the connection between standardized testing and school segregation.

Before starting at MCIEA, I completed a postdoc at Penn State’s Center for Education and Civil Rights (@psu_civilrights), where I was involved in projects related to effective methods for voluntary school integration and anti-bias education in early education. After completing my Ph.D. at the Boston College School of Education in 2015, I worked for several years at a large non-profit research institute, and my experiences there greatly informed my understanding of (and motivation to pursue) meaningful school diversity work. My previous research has looked at the rise of well-funded advocacy organizations and their impact on democratic engagement in public education policy making. See publications in the Journal of Education PolicyCritical Studies in Education, and the Berkeley Review of Education.

I launched the School Diversity Notebook in 2017, and it has since become the official blog of the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights as well as a member of the National Coalition on School Diversity.  Specifically, this blog is an exploration of school segregation today. Posts are oriented towards public advocates for school integration and researchers who advance anti-racist public policy. Each post reviews recent news or research on school integration and related issues, approaching the topic from the 5Rs for #RealIntegration emphasized by youth activists. Along these lines, topics range widely under the umbrella of school diversity, including but not limited to: school fundingvoluntary integration effortsanti-racist curriculumschool disciplineschool privatization, etc.

If you are a new reader, you may want to check out a few sample posts:

If you have any thoughts, questions, reflections etc about the blog or any posts, please feel free to reach out via email at Also, I am available for consulting on relevant research or outreach projects – please see my CV for more background.

And, thanks for visiting!