Lynn Olson is special assistant to the director of education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She works to identify best teaching practices that can be replicated in classrooms throughout the country.
Prior to 2008, Lynn was a writer and editor at Education Week, an independent, national newspaper covering K-12 education in the United States. At Education Week, Lynn served as the executive project editor for both Quality Counts, an annual report card on public education in the 50 states, and Diplomas Count, an annual report on high school graduation rates and policies. She’s the author of the 1997 book, The School to Work Revolution: How Employers and Educators Are Joining Forces to Prepare Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce. From 1980 until 1984, Lynn worked as a staff writer and editor for the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy group, where she also specialized in child welfare and mental health policies.
She graduated from Yale University in 1980. In 2005 the Consortium for Policy Research in Education presented her with an award for distinguished contributions to the field of education policy. She’s also received awards from the Education Writers Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the International Reading Association.