As Director of Policy, Joseph Bishop works in partnership with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign network and states to advance efforts around the four pillars of the campaign. Moving a comprehensive opportunity policy agenda anchored by high quality early learning, equitable resources, well-prepared and effective teachers, and a curriculum that prepares students for 21st century college, career and citizenship readiness will be the focus of Dr. Bishop’s portfolio.
Prior to joining the OTL Campaign, Dr. Bishop was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a national advocacy organization that promotes 21st century readiness in 16 partner states and throughout the country. In his role at P21, he led several initiatives related to building successful 21st century schools including a project on 21st century citizenship, out-of school learning and identifying characteristics of model whole child learning communities.
Before P21, Dr. Bishop was Director of Education for the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In that capacity, he was responsible for the overall design, implementation and development of education policy institutes and governance training opportunities for Latino elected officials across the United States.
Dr. Bishop has been a member of the W.K. Kellogg funded California Engaging Latino Community in Education (ENLACE) leadership team while working as a research assistant in the Office of Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He has an extensive education policy background, serving as a policy fellow in the University of California’s State Governmental Relations office, and was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) for a three-year term. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from California State University, Chico and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.