Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. CIRCLE is a nonpartisan research organization producing and translating knowledge about how young people acquire civic skills and identities through a variety of experiences, and what makes certain learning experiences more effective than others. Drawing on her background in positive youth development and community psychology, her core scholastic interests are in understanding how young people interact with the cultural, educational, and institutional factors and shape their civic and political developmental trajectories over time. While Kei is interested in ensuring that any educational solutions target all young people, she is especially interested in diminishing learning opportunities gaps, including civic opportunities gaps.

Kei is a member of the board of directors at Generation Citizen, and serves in the Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTE. Kei earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Family and Children from Loyola University Chicago. She lives with her husband and three young children in Lowell, Massachusetts.


About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows are a diverse group of education leaders from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. The Fellows’ overarching goals are:

  1. to investigate, use, and promote effective renditions of student-centered learning (i.e., personalized, competency-based, student-owned, and anytime-anywhere) in the New England region and beyond; and
  2. to communicate research findings in ways that make them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

The Distinguished Fellows work alongside research teams, youth researchers, and other key partners of the Research Collaborative to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and to bridge research, practice, and policy.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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