Conor P. Williams

Founding Director, Dual Language Learners National Work Group

Conor P. Williams is the founding director of the Dual Language Learners National Work Group at New America. He is also 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. 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

Lord, What Fools These Ed Reformers Be! A Requiem for the Every Student Succeeds Act

Conor P. Williams wrote a requiem for ESSA in light of Congress moving to eliminate education accountability regulations within the Act.

Same Topic, Different Tongue: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Report on Language Learning

An American Academy of Arts and Sciences report on U.S. multilingualism echoes a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Med

New Dual Language Learners Report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine published a report on dual language learners today. What does that mean for the

Congress Moves to Kill ESSA Accountability Rules, Giving States Lots of Room to Do as They Please

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million about Congress striking ESSA accountability rules.

The 74 Interview: L.A. Education Activist Yolie Flores on Schools, Politics, and Why She’s Running for Congress

Conor P. Williams interviewed Los Angeles education activist Yolie Flores on why she is running for Congress in the 74 Million.

How Language Diversity Affects Dual Language Learners' Linguistic and Academic Trajectories

Dual language learners' native languages influence how they learn English. How should accountability policies address this?

What Trump and His Acolytes Get Wrong about American Exceptionalism

Conor P. Williams wrote for the New York Daily News about President Trump's perception of American exceptionalism.

Betsy DeVos, Guns, and Picking the Right Tools For a Job

Betsy DeVos' odd line about using guns to defend schools from grizzly bears avoided a real discussion the United States needs to have.

School Choice Is Great. Betsy DeVos’s Vision for School Choice Is Not.

Conor P. Williams wrote for the Washington Post about school choice and accountability under Betsy DeVos's Department of Education.

The Temptation to Compromise With Trump on Schools — and Why It Might Kill Education Reform

Conor P. Williams wrote for the 74 Million about the ways in which progressive education reformers may or may not work with President Trump.

Teacher Talent Untapped

This report highlights the barriers multilingual paraprofessionals face in entering teaching in their own words.

Multilingual Paraprofessionals Highlight Barriers to Entering the Teaching Profession

A new paper uses focus group data with multilingual paraprofessionals to explore barriers to entering teaching.