Paul Bruno
Paul  Bruno

Paul Bruno

Cohort: 2015

M.A., Economics
University of Southern California

M.A., Science & Math Education
University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Molecular & Cell Biology
B.A., Philosophy
Distinction in General Scholarship
University of California, Berkeley


K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

teacher quality, teacher labor markets, collective bargaining, school finance, school choice

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno graduated with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in cell biology and philosophy, and returned to Berkeley to earn his MA and teaching credential. After receiving his certification, he taught science for five years in Oakland and Los Angeles in both district and charter middle schools. While teaching, Paul began contributing writing on teaching, learning, and education policy to a variety of online venues including the Brookings Institution, EdSource, and The Fordham Institute.

A growing interest in education policy led him out of the classroom and to work as an advisor to Deans for Impact, a nonprofit organization of education school deans committed to improving teacher preparation. At Deans for Impact Paul was an architect on the development of The Science of Learning, a document intended to summarize a core body of cognitive science relevant for teacher preparation and classroom instruction.

Now a fourth-year Ph.D. student in K-12 policy at the Rossier School of Education, Paul's current research interests include teacher quality, teacher labor markets, collective bargaining, and school finance. 


Professional Experience:

Advisor, Deans for Impact (2015)

Program Evaluator, NSF Award #1240939 (2014)

Middle School Science Teacher (2009-2014)

Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, Physics 10 (2007-2009)

Honors and Awards:

  • 2015-present: Graduate School Ph.D. Fellow (USC)
  • 2018: New Scholar Grant (AEFP)
  • 2018: David L. Clark Scholar (UCEA)
  • 2007-2009: California Flanders Fellow (UC Berkeley)
  • 2009: Teaching Effectiveness Award (UC Berkeley)
  • 2009: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (UC Berkeley)
  • 2004: Distinction in General Scholarship (UC Berkeley)


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