Who did this work

Producing an annual public opinion poll requires a team of experts with an intense attention to detail. Although the PDK staff leads the work, the advisory group is essential in pointing to the issues that help us shape the questions each year.


Joshua P. Starr

CEO | PDK International

Joshua P. Starr has been chief executive officer of PDK International since July 2015. Starr has worked in public education since 1993, as a teacher, central office leader and superintendent of schools. Starr is a passionate champion for all students and is committed to ensuring that PDK International continues to serve as a unique and trusted voice that supports the teaching profession. 

Read Josh Starr's commentary on the 2017 PDK poll

Joan Richardson

Editor-in-chief | Phi Delta Kappan Magazine

Joan Richardson has been editor-in-chief of Phi Delta Kappan magazine, a publication of PDK International, since 2008. Before joining Kappan, she spent 12 years as director of communications for the National Staff Development Council. Before that, she was an award-winning education reporter for the Detroit Free Press. 

Read Richardson’s commentary on the 2017 PDK poll

Rafael Heller

Managing editor/content | Phi Delta Kappan Magazine

Rafael Heller joined Kappan magazine in 2016. A longtime education writer and editor, he is coeditor with Rebecca Wolfe and Adria Steinberg of Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life (Harvard Education Press, 2017).

Carol Bucheri

Managing editor/design & production | Phi Delta Kappan Magazine

Carol Bucheri has worked with the PDK poll for many years. In addition to designing the print version of the poll each year, she maintains the poll question archive and designs graphics for the PDK poll web sites and for slide presentations.

Michele Siuda Jacques

Digital content editor | Phi Delta Kappan Magazine

Michele Jacques manages kappanonline.org and pdkpoll.org in addition to PDK's social media accounts. An experienced journalist, she previously worked for the Detroit Free Press.

Advisory group

Katrina Breese

Senior director, development and engagement
PDK International

Catherine Brown

Vice president, education policy
Center for American Progress

Susie Miller Carillo

Executive director
Charter Schools Institute, The State Univerity of New York

Mark Ginsberg

Dean, College of Education and Human Development
George Mason University

Sonya Horsford

Associate professor, educational leadership
Teachers College, Columbia University

Nat Malkus

Research fellow, education policy studies
American Enterprise Institute

Noelle Ellerson Ng

Associate executive director, education policy studies
American Association of School Administrators

Gislaine Ngounou

Chief program officer
PDK International

Brian Osborne

City School District of New Rochelle, N.Y.

Kelly Pollitt

Chief strategist, policy & alliances
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Becky Pringle

Vice president
National Education Association

Andy Smarick

Maryland State Board of Education

Sonja Santelises

Baltimore City (Md.) Public Schools