Elena Silva

Director of PreK-12

Elena Silva is director of PreK-12 for the Education Policy program at New America. Her research and writing focuses on a wide range of educational issues, including teacher’s work, school design and improvement, and the assessment and measurement of student learning. Prior to joining New America, she was a senior associate for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a senior policy analyst at Education Sector, and the director of research for the educational foundation and library of the American Association of University Women. She previously managed youth leadership programs for the D.C.-based ASPIRA Association, one of the largest national Hispanic-serving organizations, where she developed and directed one of the first AmeriCorps service programs in the nation.

Elena holds a master's and a PhD in education from the University of California-Berkeley, where she taught undergraduate courses in education policy, high school reform, and the history of public education. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She lives in her hometown of Silver Spring, Md. with her husband and children.

All Work

Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s New Budget

Why School Still Starts After Labor Day in Michigan

Elena Silva was quoted in the Atlantic on how shorter school years affect learning.

The Afterlife of Big Ideas in Education Reform

Elena Silva was quoted in Pacific Standard on small learning communities reforms.

Lawmakers want more research before they spend big on preschool. When it comes to vouchers, there’s no such hesitation.

Elena Silva was quoted in Chalkbeat Indiana on contradictory ideology related to such issues as school vouchers and state-funded preschool.

Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s "America First" Budget

The broad priorities for PreK-12 education center around school choice.

In DeVos’ Home State, “School Choice” Is Becoming Code for “Segregation”

Elena Silva was quoted in an article on the de-facto segregation in Michigan which has arisen from the proliferation of charter schools.

K-12 Dilemmas

Elena Silva was interviewed by WEAA about what the state and federal relationship will look like in the future.