Dr. Joseph Bishop is the Director of the Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) at UCLA. CTS is a new, national center founded by education expert Pedro Noguera supporting districts, counties, and states in their efforts to help historically under-resourced communities across the country foster positive, healthy learning environments. The center aims to bring together approaches to transformation (beginning before birth and continuing to college) that recognize the profound influences of race and poverty on learning and the necessity to build stronger bridges between health and education services. Before his time at UCLA, Joseph was a senior policy advisor with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), a national think tank founded by education scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Joseph oversaw the organization’s school resourcing portfolio and supported state efforts to address teaching shortages and build quality early care and education systems. Joseph has held a number of national and state education leadership positions similar to his role at LPI, including Director of Policy with the National Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Campaign, an initiative of the Schott Foundation for Public Education; Executive Director of the political arm of the OTL Campaign, Opportunity Action; founding co-chair of the Coalition for Teaching Quality, a 100-plus national membership group; Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21); Director of Education for the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund; and a governor-appointed member of the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC).
Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from California State University, Chico and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.