David Conley

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Before entering higher education in 1989, Dr. Conley spent 20 years in the public school system in a variety of roles including teacher and co-director of two public alternative schools, a site and central-office administrator, and an executive in a state education agency. He is a first-generation college attendee who received his AA from Cabrillo College, his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He grew up on the central coast of California where he spent a great deal of time at the beach.


Ph.D., 1986, University of Colorado, Boulder
Major:  Curriculum, Administration and Supervision
M.A., 1983, University of Colorado, Boulder
Major:  Social/Multicultural/Bilingual Foundations of Education
B.A., 1972, University of California, Berkeley
Major:  Social Sciences

Honors and Awards

2012  Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, University of Oregon

2012  Innovation Award, Eugene Annual Emerald Awards, Presented by the Eugene Chamber of Commerce 

2008  Innovations in Research Award, University of Oregon 

1998  Travel Award, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia for visiting scholar appointment 

1992  Outstanding Presentation, Division H, American Educational Research Association annual convention, San Francisco, Strategic planning in America’s schools: An exploratory study. 

1992-93  Scholarly and Creative Development Award, Office of the Provost, University of Oregon, Perceptions of House Bill 3565.


Conley, D. T. (2018). The promise and practice of next generation assessment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. 

Conley, D. T. (2014). Getting ready for college, careers and the Common Core: What every educator needs to know. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Conley, D. T. (2010). College and career ready: Helping all students succeed beyond high school. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Conley, D. T. (2005). College knowledge: What it takes students to succeed and what we can do to get them ready. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Conley, D. T. (2003). Who governs our schoolsChanging roles and responsibilities. New York: Teachers College Press. 

Conley, D. T. (1997). Roadmap to restructuring: Charting the course of change in American education. (Second edition). Eugene, Oregon: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management.  

Conley, D. T. (1995). Are you ready to restructure? Newbury Park, California: Corwin Press. 

Conley, D. T. (1993). Roadmap to restructuring: Policies, practices, and the emerging visions of schooling. Eugene, Oregon: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management.


David Conley is Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon where directs the Center for Educational Policy Research.  He is the founder and president of EdImagine, an educational strategy consulting company. Additionally, he founded and served for 12 years as CEO of the Educational Policy Improvement Center, EPIC. He is currently also a Senior Fellow for Deeper Learning under the sponsorship of the Hewlett Foundation.

Dr. Conley is a national thought leader in several areas including college and career readiness, student ownership of learning, systems of assessment, and new models of educational accountability. He has conducted numerous research studies on what it takes for students to be ready to succeed in college and careers, and he writes extensively on this topic. He has published multiple articles and policy briefs as well as three books in this area, including most recently, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know