Frederick Hess is a resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on K-12 and higher education issues. Before joining AEI, Mr. Hess was a high school social studies teacher. His past and present teaching experience includes the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. Mr. Hess is the author of Education Week’s blog “Rick Hess Straight Up” and has been published in outlets including American Politics Quarterly, Harvard Education Review, and Social Science Quarterly. His books include Letters to a Young Education Reformer, The Cage-Busting Teacher, and Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age. Mr. Hess is the senior founding fellow of the Public Education Foundation’s Leadership Institute of Nevada. He sits on the review board for the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools and serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 Schools. Mr. Hess earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University.