Ulrich Boser

Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress
Speaking at

researchED Washington


The Hidden Value of Curriculum Reform

Curriculum plays an important role in how students are taught, and there is a strong body of evidence that shows that putting a high-quality curriculum in the hands of teachers can have significant positive impacts on student achievement. Our report provides new insight on how curricula are selected and examines the costs of those curricula. We find that rigorous elementary school math curricula can deliver far more ROI than other reforms. Discussion will also examine the issue of curricula in light of the research on the new science of learning.


Boser’s work for the Center for American Progress examines education, crime, and other social issues. He is currently working on a book about learning, tentatively titled Learning to Learn: Why Being Smart in the Information Age Isn’t Important—and Why Learning Is. Boser has served as a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, was a founding editor of the online criminal justice magazine “The Open Case,” and has had his research featured everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today. His work on school spending made headlines around the country and helped inspire initiatives to improve the effectiveness of education dollars. Boser is also the author of The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has also been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, served as an adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and “NBC Nightly News.