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

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.

Williams: Raising LA High School Graduation Rates by Any Means Necessary Is an Empty Accomplishment

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 about the paradox of growing graduation rates via lowering standards in the Los Angeles Unified School Di

Williams: The Closer Charter Fans Are to the Classroom, the Higher Their Trump Anxiety

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 on the future of charter schools under new presidential leadership.

Williams: In Praise of New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana — 3 States Smartly Using ESSA to Help English Learners

Conor Williams wrote a column for the 74 Million on a few examples of promising state policy innovations for serving English Learners.

Williams: Trump’s Ed Budget Masks Cuts as Flatlines and Makes Cuts That Devastate Kids

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 Million about how Trump's proposed education cuts could affect America's youth.

Williams: The D.C. Enrollment Scandal Shows How Critical It Is to Guard Against Parent Privilege

Conor P. Williams wrote for The 74 about the enrollment scandal at D.C. public schools.

Can District Officials Restore Faith In The School Lottery?

Conor P. Williams joined the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the D.C. school lottery.

Contours of the Field: Native Languages of Dual Language Learners

Dual language learners' native languages are academic assets. How do they support DLLs' growth and success?