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John Hall is an Assistant Professor of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies in the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University. Dr. Hall studies the organization of school systems, the development of school system leaders, and the application of design-based approaches in schools and other organizations. His publications include, with Rick Mintrop, Design-based school improvement: A practical guide for education leaders. Dr. Hall also serves as the Chief Academic Officer of bina, a system of online international schools serving children aged 4 to 12. He serves as an advisor to a range of other early-stage school design efforts.

Previously, Dr. Hall led the Oakland Unified School District’s academic redesign team,
providing support and guidance to the district’s leaders, developing systems to support the
coaching of teachers and principals, and serving as a “boundary spanner” between research
and practice. Prior to that, he helped launch a charter school network in the San Francisco
Bay Area and founded a support organization for charter and district leaders across the

Dr. Hall has been a teacher and an administrator in district schools, charter schools,
independent schools, and international schools. Dr. Hall began his career as a research
scientist, managing neuroscience laboratories at the University of Washington and at UC San
Francisco. Dr. Hall received a BS in Biology and BA in Education from the University of
Washington and an MEd and PhD in Education Policy from UC Berkeley.