Jill Barshay

webSpencer_JillBarshayJill Barshay’s 25-year career in print-and-radio journalism began in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. She has spent the majority of these years as a business reporter, covering both Wall Street finance and the intersection of money and politics in Washington D.C. A little more than five years ago, she became obsessed with both data and education, and has combined the two as a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report, a non-profit, independent news website focused on inequality and innovation in education. At Hechinger, Jill writes a weekly column, Education by the Numbers. She taught algebra to ninth graders during the 2013-14 school year.

Previously, Barshay was the New York bureau chief for Marketplace, a national business show on public radio stations. She has also worked for The New York Times, the Financial TimesThe Asian Wall Street JournalCongressional Quarterly, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires.

Jill will spend her Spencer year on the frontier of big data in education. She wants to learn more about how academic researchers and private industry are collecting giant data sets on students, and how this data is being used. Can big data help us learn faster, and retain knowledge longer? Can data spot and help vulnerable students before they fall through the cracks? And will big data produce better teachers?

Jill lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and tweets @jillbarshay

Examples of Jill Barshay’s work:

Education By The Numbers (The Hechinger Report)

Why a New Jersey school district decided giving laptops to students is a terrible idea (The Hechinger Report and WNYC)

Think tuition is rising fast? Try room and board (The Hechinger Report and NPR)

The Upside of Academic Tracking (The Hechinger Report and The Atlantic)

Negotiation Academy (Slate podcast series)

Textbook costs getting hard to cover (Marketplace)