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Todd Grindal
Todd Grindal Ed.D is an associate with Abt Associates where he studies the impact of public policies on young children and children with disabilities. Todd conducted his doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he was awarded a Julius B. Richmond Fellowship by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child in support of his dissertation research on the unionization of home childcare providers. Todd is also a recipient of the 2009 Meade Fellowship from the Institute for Educational Leadership and has been recognized as an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the Fordham Foundation and American Enterprise Institute. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Todd worked for six years as a teacher and school administrator at the high school level in Florida, and at the elementary school and preschool levels in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He earned a B.A. in History from The New College of Florida and an Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Entries by Todd Grindal

Don't Believe the Hype: Students With Disabilities Should Benefit From the Common Core

(13) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Co-authored by Laura Schifter, Todd Grindal and Thomas Hehir

The introduction of the Common Core educational standards has elicited substantial handwringing. Concerns have ranged from questionable theories about the Common Core as a front for corporate data mining or a

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In Economically Improving Neighborhoods, the Rising Tide Lifts Some Boats Higher Than Others

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 5:20 PM

By Jeffrey Lubell & Todd Grindal

An increase in demand for urban living in some parts of the U.S. is prompting concerns that wealthier incomers could displace long-term residents. But an influx of higher-income households does not always lead to displacement of low-income ones....

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The Next Stage of Global Development Goals Must Include a Focus on Early Childhood Development

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:12 PM

by Hirokazu Yoshikawa & Todd Grindal

In the coming months, leaders from across the world will agree on a new set of global development goals that will set the agenda for United Nations (U.N) member countries through 2030. To achieve...

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Closing the Low-Expectations Loophole for Students with Disabilities

(7) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 9:30 PM

By Todd Grindal, Laura Schifter and Thomas Hehir

Whether or not you think it is smart policy to measure schools' effectiveness using standardized tests, there is one thing on which we all should be able to agree: school districts should not decide which...

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For Students With Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More Than Just a Trade

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Co-authored with Dr. Shaun Dougherty, and Dr. Thomas Hehir

Last month, leaders from the worlds of special education policy, research, and practice gathered in downtown Washington, D.C. for the annual IDEA Leadership Conference. The meeting's agenda featured a wide range of discussions about...

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US Childcare System Makes 'Having It All' All the More Difficult

(14) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 6:03 PM

The cover article in this month's The Atlantic has reignited the ever-simmering debate regarding how to best balance work and family life. While the question of whether anyone can "have it all" remains open for discussion, it is clear that our haphazard childcare system, with its inconsistent monitoring...

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