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, Langer Research Associates is a valued partner in ensuring the excellence of each year's poll, and 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.

Joan Richardson

Director, PDK poll | PDK International

Joan Richardson is director of the PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Phi Delta Kappan magazine, a publication of PDK International, for 10 years. 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.

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.

Justine Hirshfeld

Creative services manager | PDK International

Justine Hirshfeld is PDK creative services manager and lead designer for Kappan magazine. Previously, she worked at national magazines and boutique design firms in New York City and her hometown of Washington, D.C., most recently as art director at Science News magazine.

Anna Clark

Freelance designer |

Anna designed the 2019 PDK poll supplement, which was published in Kappan magazine in Sept 2019. She is the owner of Studio Fiveighteen, a digital design and production studio in Iowa City, Iowa. http://www.fiveighteen.com

Langer Staff

Gary Langer

President/project director

Yulia Baskakova

Project manager

Christine Filer

Research analyst

Sofi Sinozich

Research analyst

Allison De Jong

Research associate

Advisory group

Brenda Barron

Director public policy

Jessica Cardichon

Director, federal policy
Learning Policy Institute

Phyllis L. Fagell

School counselor
Sheridan School, Washington, D.C.

Lynn Gangone

President and chief executive officer
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Robert Johnston

Senior vice president
The Hatcher Group

Richard Long

Executive director
Learning First Alliance

Kathleen Minke

Executive director
National Association of School Psychologists

Stacey Pelika

Director of research
National Education Association

Erik Robelen

Deputy director
Education Writers Association

Jack Schneider

Assistant professor
College of Education, Univ. of Massachusetts-Lowell