Associate Professor of Education
PhD, Stanford University
K-12 Education Policy
organizational and institutional change, education policy, intersection of public and private partnerships in education, digital instruction, policy implementation and impact, equity and quality in public school instruction
Dr. Patricia Burch is an Associate Professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Burch studies the patterns and drivers of private (for profit and not for profit) involvement in schooling and their implications for the form and delivery of public education, with specific attention to equity and quality.
Burch draws on sociological theories, specifically concepts of organizational fields and public markets in this work, and as a tool for informing and strengthening empirical evidence and practitioner-relevant research. Burch's recent work includes Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization, (Routledge, 2009) Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education (Harvard Education Press, 2015) co-authored with Annalee Good, and Mixed Methods Research for Policy and Program Evaluation co-authored with Carolyn Heinrich (SAGE, 2016). Burch works with policymakers, vendors and practitioners across the United States to design policy and build capacity for better schools in high poverty communities.
Burch has taught graduate level courses in policy and organizational change, organizational accountability, qualitative research methods, the politics of policy implementation, and creativity and innovation in education.
- Qualitative Methods
- Policy and Politics in Urban Education
- Policy Research and Implementation
- Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Burch, P., Good, A and Heinrich, C. (July 2015) Improving Access to, Quality, and the Effectiveness of Digital Tutoring in K–12 Education Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, first published online July 27, 2015.
- Burch, P and Good, A. (2014). Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
- Burch, P. & Heinrich, C.J. (2016). Mixed Methods for Policy Research and Program Evaluation. SAGE Publications, Inc.
- Burch, P. (2009). Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization. New York: Routledge. The Critical Social Thought Series.
- *Spillane, J. & Burch, P. (2007). The institutional environment and instructional practice: Changing patterns of guidance and control in public education. In H.D. Meyer & B. Rowan (Eds.), The New Institutionalism in Education. (pp. 87-102). Albany: SUNY Press.
- Burch, P. (2010). After the fall: Education contracting in the wake of the US and global financial crises. Journal of Education Policy. 26, 33-38.
- Burch, P. (2010). The bigger picture: Institutional perspectives on interim assessment technologies. Peabody Journal of Education, 85(2), 147-162
- Burch, P. (2007). The professionalization of instructional leadership in the United States: Competing values and current tensions. Journal of Education Policy, (22)2, 195-214.
- Burch, P. (2007). Educational policy and practice from the perspective of institutional theory: Crafting a wider lens. Educational Researcher, 36(2), 84-95.
- Burch, P., Steinberg, M., & Donovan, J. (2007). Supplemental educational services and NCLB: Policy assumptions, market practices, emerging issues. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29(2), 115-133.
- Burch, P. (2006). The new educational privatization: Educational contracting and high stakes accountability. Teachers College Record, 108 (12), 2582-2610.
- Burch, P., Donovan, J., & Steinberg M. (October 2006). The new landscape of educational privatization in the era of NCLB: Markets, supplemental education services and No Child Left Behind. Phi Delta Kappan, 88(2), 86-90.
- Burch, P. & Spillane, J. (2005). How subjects matter in district office practice: Instructionally relevant policy in urban school district redesign. Journal of Educational Change, 6 (1), 51-76.
- Burch, P. & Spillane, J. (2003, May). Elementary school leadership strategies and subject matter: Reforming mathematics and literacy instruction. The Elementary School Journal, 103(5), 519-535.
- Spillane, J., Diamond, J., Hallett, T., Halverson, R., & Burch, P. (2002). Managing in the middle: School leaders and the enactment of accountability policy. Educational Policy, 16(5), 731-762.
- Policy Briefs
- Understanding Supplementary Educational Services (SES): A Guide for Parents and Guardians
Rodolfo Acosta, Patricia Burch, Annalee Good, Mary Stewart, Carolyn Heinrich & Christi Kirschbaum Comprendiendo los Servicios de Educación Suplementaria (SES): Un guía para padres y guardianes
Rodolfo Acosta, Patricia Burch, Annalee Good, Mary Stewart, Carolyn Heinrich & Christi Kirschbaum
- The Implementation and Effectiveness of Supplemental Educational Services
A Review and Recommendations for Program Improvement
Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas-Austin; Patricia Burch, University of Wisconsin-Madison”
- Equal Access to Quality in Federally Mandated Tutoring: Preliminary Findings of a Multisite Study of Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Authors: Patricia Burch, Carolyn Heinrich, Annalee Good, and Mary Stewart