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 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.

LEAP-ing from Legislation to Implementation for Minnesota’s Dual Language Learners

New paper explores the successes and challenges of Minnesota's recent DLL reforms.

Pluralism on the Prairie

This report examines recent reforms in Minnesota that aim to support its dual language learner population.

What American Greatness Means: The Presidential Election and Dual Language Learners

Is there room for dual language learners in Donald Trump's vision for restored American greatness?

A Once Nearly All-White School District Has a New Largest Group: Hispanic Students

Conor Williams was quoted in the Washington Post about the changing demographics of Montgomery County.

Universal Pre-K, Open Enrollment, Millennial Parents, and City Living

Macroeconomic trends are changing how millennial parents view education policies.

U.S. Department of Education Symposium: Politics, Policies, and Promise for Dual Language Learners

The U.S. Department of Education held a symposium today on dual language learners. What does the future hold for these students?