Thursday, March 26, 2015

Terese Schwartzman


Experienced project leader with excellent analytic, writing, research, evaluation, and inter-personal skills
Greater Chicago Area
  1. Committee on Education, University of Chicago
  1. Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago,
  2. Chicago Council on Global Affairs,
  3. The Education Alliance, Brown University
  1. The Johns Hopkins University

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I have worked in the non-profit sector for the past 15 years following an academic career in political science. Over these years, I have led and contributed to research and evaluation projects involving pre-K through grade 12 education.

I have the demonstrated capacity to shape and develop long-term, large-scale projects from conception to implementation and the ability to convene large groups of diverse participants and build consensus around complex issues. I am a strategic thinker who translates innovative agendas into actionable plans and an effective leader who thrives on the opportunity to make a difference. I engage in all facets of a project to ensure challenges are dealt with and needs are met. I have international research and travel experience and bring excellent analytic, writing, research, evaluation, and inter-personal skills to all my work.

My current work as Project Director for Getting on Track Early for School Success brings together teams of researchers, practitioners and statisticians to understand the complex set of supports that are needed to enable young children of all social, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds to be prepared to succeed academically and in other aspects of their lives.


Project Director, Getting on Track Early for School Success

Committee on Education, University of Chicago
– Present (5 years)Greater Chicago Area
Leading the planning, execution, and delivery of final product in $3 million project to develop, pilot, and field-test innovative pre-K literacy and math assessments for national use.

Director for Strategic Initiatives

Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago
(3 years)Greater Chicago Area
Shaped and provided direction for education projects spanning pre-K through grade 12 in UEI’s
research, school network, and teacher training units. Roles included project
management/leadership, evaluation, qualitative research, data collection and analysis.

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chair, Roundtable on Russia

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
(1 year)

Education Consultant

Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago
(less than a year)Greater Chicago Area

Research Associate

The Education Alliance, Brown University
(3 years)Providence, Rhode Island Area

Interim Director

Social Sciences Institutional Review Board, University of Chicago
(1 year)Greater Chicago Area

Communications Director

University of Chicago School Mathematics Project
(4 years)Greater Chicago Area

Central Asian Expert, Soviet Nationalities Workshop

Duke University, Center on East-West Trade
(2 years)

Visiting Fellow

Harvard University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
(1 year)

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Northern Illinois University
(3 years)

Instructor, Political Science

University of Chicago
(1 year)


  1. Russian

  2. French


  • Research
  • Nonprofits
  • Higher Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Evaluation
  • Team Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Proposal Writing
  • Outstanding...
  • Grant Writing
  • Project Management
  • Management


Harvard University

Master's degree

Brandeis University

B.A. magna cum laude

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

the black ink pen's love

Hyde Park Poetry

sharp little bill,
it pecks far
and deep to North chapel Hill
and won't pause.
It lurks day and night,
Echoing the voices of both black and white.
the block ink pen knows:
only her embrace
produces promises,
Russian, Dutch, French, British, English...
It has the Sea's blue,
and the Cloud's white.
Passionate and Feverish,
It abosrbs all human beauty,
blind and childish,
it strives
for blue prints beyond thinking obesity.