David Adler is the Senior Research Analyst for The Opportunity Institute. His primary focus areas are education and demography.
Before joining The Opportunity Institute, David served for over 20 years in K-12 education in public, charter, and private schools, in urban and rural settings. He entered the field of education as a mathematics teacher before transitioning into administration. Most recently, he was the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for a rural school district in Vermont. As a school leader, David applied his mathematics training to developing and implementing innovative approaches to school improvement. While serving as the principal of a chronically under-performing charter school in Massachusetts, David used data-informed research to execute the largest single-year test score improvement in state history.
David holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon (1995) in advanced theoretical mathematics with project work in operations research and abstract algebraic systems. He also holds an MS in mathematics and secondary education from Long Island University – CW Post (1997), with foci on cryptography as a teaching tool and gender equity in mathematics. His doctoral work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Mathematics, Science and Learning Technologies Department of the School of Education focuses on developing alternative metrics of institutional success that adjust results for demographic impact.
David has presented at education conferences across the country, and to policy makers and elected officials in several states. David also serves as a K-12 school improvement adviser to several schools and districts across the country.