Michelle Hall

Michelle Hall
Michelle Hall
Director of Program Assessment and Improvement ,
Chapman University

Michelle Hall is director of program assessment and improvement at Chapman University's Attallah College of Educational Studies, where she oversees management of Attallah College's program improvement system. Her research examines the ways in which power and politics affect and are affected by education reform policies. Her most recent research focuses on the role of local democratic engagement in statewide finance and accountability reforms in California. In her work as a researcher for PACE, Hall served as a member of a statewide research team documenting the impact and early implementation the Local Control Funding Formula in California. In 2018, she received a California Education Policy Fellowship Program fellowship, sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership. She received her PhD in the politics of education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

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Publications by Michelle Hall
Insights from California's Local Control Funding Formula
This policy brief uses the case of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to provide policy makers and educators guidance on how to involve the public in goal setting and resource distribution decisions. It provides clarity around who is…
This article examines how district administrators’ conceptions of equity relate to the implementation of finance reform. The authors use sensemaking theory and four views of equity—libertarian, liberal, democratic liberal, and transformative—to…
Practices and Supports Employed in CORE Districts and Schools
Social-emotional learning refers to the beliefs, attitudes, personality traits, and behaviors that students need to succeed in school and life. Our study looks closely at ten “outlier schools” in California’s CORE districts whose students report…
A Multidistrict Analysis of Statewide Mandated Democratic Engagement
This article seeks to deepen our understanding of the nature and quality of democratic participation in educational reform by examining the first-year implementation of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which mandates civic…