Conor P. Williams

Senior Researcher, Education Policy Program

Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice. Williams founded New America's Dual Language Learners National Work Group in 2014. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Daily Beast,, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, Talking Points Memo, The New York Daily NewsThe 74 Million, and elsewhere. Before joining New America, Williams taught first grade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Williams holds a PhD and MA in government from Georgetown University, an MS in teaching from Pace University, and a BA in government and Spanish from Bowdoin College. Williams and his wife are public school parents in Washington, D.C.

All Work

Some Practical — If Uncomfortable — Solutions to the Stubborn School Segregation Mapped Out by Vox

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million about school segregation.

NCLB Sounded Tougher on Accountability Than It Actually Was and Yet It Was Still Demonized

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million on the 15th anniversary of No Child Left Behind's passage.

The Intrusion of White Families Into Bilingual Schools

Conor P. Williams wrote for the Atlantic about how privileged families are gentrifying multilingual education.

This Book Made Me Realize All the Ways We’ve Wronged Refugee Students

Conor P. Williams reviewed Helen Thorpe's The Newcomers in Education Post.

Trump’s America Through the Fearful but Still Hopeful Eyes of My Old Brooklyn Student & Friends

Conor P. Williams interviewed children of immigrants about how they view white Trump supporters in the 74 Million.

As Florida Flouts America’s New Education Law on English Language Learners, Will the Feds Take a Stand?

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million about how Florida's new school accountability system runs counter to federal law.

How Will America’s New Education Law Change Your School? 5 Experts Pick the Most Important Issue Parents Should Be Monitoring in States’ ESSA Plans

Conor P. Williams was quoted in the 74 Million on one important issue parents should be monitoring in states' ESSA plans.

California, Where Orange is the New Red and School Accountability Just Got Much Harder to Read

Conor P. Williams wrote for the LA School Report about school accountability in California.

At This One-of-a-kind Boston Public High School, Students Learn Calculus in Spanish

Conor P. Williams was quoted in the Hechinger Report on dual-language programs at the high school level.

D.C.’s Vast and Successful Education Reforms Raise the Question: What Next to Close Achievement Gaps?

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million about D.C.'s next wave of education reform.

How a Tougher Test and Chaos in D.C. Just Made Things a Whole Lot Harder for Kids Learning English

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 about changing standardized tests for English Learners in DC public schools.

Rising Popularity of Dual-Language Education Could Leave Latinos Behind

Conor P. Williams was quoted in the US News & World Report about the changing dynamics of dual language learner programs.