Anna Rosefsky Saavedra

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Associate Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in history, Yale University; Ed.M. in international education policy, Harvard University; Ed.D. in educational policy, leadership, and instructional practice, Harvard University


Anna Rosefsky Saavedra is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Saavedra addresses questions relevant to educational policy in underserved schools in the United States and in developing countries. She has written about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the impacts of formal education on students' 21st century skills, and civic education. Her current projects include research on summer learning programs and how school reform measures spread from district to district. Her work has received funding from the Fulbright Foundation, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education, and Harvard University. Saavedra earned her Ed.D. in educational policy, leadership, and instructional practice from Harvard.

Selected Publications

Anna Rosefsky Saavedra "Dry to Dynamic Civics Education Curricula," in Eds David Campbell, Frederick M. Hess, Meira Levinson, Civics 2.0: Citizenship Education for a New Generation, Harvard Education Press (forthcoming)

Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, Juan Esteban Saavedra, "Do Colleges Cultivate Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Writing and Interpersonal Skills?" Economics of Education Review (forthcoming)


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    Nine Lessons on How to Teach 21st Century Skills and Knowledge

    Despite widespread agreement among parents, educators, employers and policymakers worldwide that students need skills like critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and creativity, these skills are stubbornly difficult to teach and learn, write Anna R. Saavedra and V. Darleen Opfer.

    Oct 19, 2012 | Education Week