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 inaugural cohort of the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows was a diverse group of nine leaders in policy, practice, and research 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 were:

  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.

Along with four research teams announced in November 2016 and a group of prominent national advisors, the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows comprised core members of the newly formed Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative. With thought leadership and anchor funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is a bold new effort to investigate and evaluate what we know about student-centered learning within and beyond school walls, and then leverage that knowledge to affect meaningful change at scale.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.
The first cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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