Background and Contact Info


Peter Piazza (@PeterTPiazza)

CV (updated 4/2019)

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 started this blog in 2017 as an exploration of contemporary school segregation. I use each post to publicly explore/develop my understanding of its causes and potential solutions. I also aim to provide regular updates on important school diversity news. See the introduction posts for more information about the purpose of the blog (intro part 1) as well as my research and personal background (intro part 2). The SD Notebook is managed by the Center for Education and Civil Rights and is a member of the National Coalition on School Diversity

If you have any thoughts, questions, reflections etc about the blog or any posts, please feel free to reach out via email at I just recently installed a drop-down search menu on the homepage – it organizes posts according to common topics (e.g., school choice, 2020 election etc). I still need to organize it further, but it can help you get started diving into earlier posts. Also, I am available for consulting on relevant research or outreach projects – please see my CV for more background.

And, thanks for visiting!