Sean Conlan

Sean Conlan

Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

Sean develops and executes research projects to increase knowledge of effective authorizing practices and policies.

He has spent nearly a decade in education reform researching charter school authorizing, its practices, and the relationship between authorizing and school outcomes. Prior to joining NACSA, Sean was a research design and statistics consultant. He also taught psychology, research methods, and statistics at the university level.

Sean holds a Ph.D. in psychology with minors in statistics and measurement from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and psychology from the University of Michigan.

Sean believes in the power of education to transform lives and the promise of charter schools to serve students that have been underserved by the traditional public education system.

When he’s not at work, Sean spends his time hiking, biking, and camping with family and friends. He also runs, but hates it.


Most Recent Posts
NACSA passes the mic to EnTere Ed Collective
As we think about the future of education—especially for kids who look like us—it’s hard not to also reflect on where we’ve come from. Countless folx of color have paved...
Untapped Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Charter School Authorizers
Today, NACSA and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released a report titled Untapped Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Charter School Authorizers, calling on policymakers to increase pathways...
The Work is Never Done: NACSA Resources for DEI in Authorizing
In some circles recently, diversity, equity, and inclusion have become taboo words. NACSA, however, stands strong by the idea that a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive authorizing profession will result...