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

What to Know About Charter High Schools

Conor P. Williams was quoted in U.S. News & World Report on the strengths of charter schools.

Contours of the Field: Dual Language Learners and Early Language Development

How do dual language learners acquire English? How do their native languages support that project?

It’s Not What Trump’s Education Department Will Do That Should Worry Critics; It’s What It Won’t Do

Conor P. Williams wrote an article for the 74 Million on the effects of what Secretary DeVos won't do as opposed to what she will do.

Contours of the Field: Dual Language Learners and Immigration

How does the US immigrant experience influence dual language learners' and English language learners' success at school?

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.