Holly Hart is currently Survey Director at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. In this position she oversees survey content development for both Consortium research and the 5Essentials Survey. The UChicago Consortium regularly uses survey data in its research efforts to better understand the practices and conditions that advance student learning. The 5Essentials Survey, administered by UChicago Impact, provides a comprehensive picture of schools’ strengths and weaknesses as organizations. It is based on 20 years of research at the UChicago Consortium.
Holly is a mixed-methods researcher with a background in psychology and adult development. As a Senior Research Associate at the UChicago Consortium, she has conducted a number of studies focused on teachers and principals throughout their careers. These include studies of teacher training and coaching by the Urban Teacher Education Program and the Chicago New Teacher Center and principal preparation in Chicago. She also has studied principal utilization of National Board Certified Teachers and the REACH teacher evaluation system. Most recently Holly conducted a study of principal preparation after its redesign in Illinois and an Institute of Education Sciences study of the key mechanisms through which school leaders influence student achievement. Holly is currently studying the use of school surveys for school improvement.
Holly received her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a BA in Psychology from Loyola University.