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Paul Goren

Paul Goren

  • Director, Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity


Paul Goren has spent his career at the intersection of education practice, policy, and research. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Evanston/Skokie (IL) School District 65 where he implemented early literacy curricular reforms, established climate teams and approaches to social/emotional learning and restorative justice in every building,  led a districtwide equity agenda, and successfully won an operating referendum with support from over 80% of Evanston voters.

He served as Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation, Program Director at the MacArthur Foundation, and in senior roles at the Chicago Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, San Diego City Schools, Consortium on Chicago School Research, CASEL, and the National Governors' Association. Goren held the Ian Axford Fellowship for Public Policy through New Zealand Fulbright serving for seven months in the NZ Ministry of Education to study policies affecting Māori children. He authored "How Policy Travels: Making Sense of Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012 as part of the fellowship.

Goren holds a BA from Williams College, a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas-Austin, and a PhD from Stanford University.


  • PhD, Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University School of Education
  • Masters, Public Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas-Austin
  • BA, Political Science, Williams College