Dr. Hall studies the relationships among school systems, school leaders, and the broader social, cultural, and political environment.
His current studies focus on three areas:
leadership pipeline development in districts and charter management organizations;
the germination and evolution of district–university–community partnerships;
and the integration of design-based approaches into leadership preparation and development. His recent publications include, with Rick Mintrop, Design-based school improvement: A practical guide for education leaders.
Before coming to Temple, Dr. Hall coordinated the doctoral program in Leadership for Educational Equity at UC Berkeley. He also led the Oakland Unified School District’s academic redesign team, providing support and guidance to the district’s leadership, framing policy conversations, and serving as a "boundary spanner" between research and practice.
Prior to that, he helped launch a charter school network in the San Francisco Bay Area and founded a support organization for charter leaders across the region. Dr. Hall has been a teacher and an administrator in district schools, charter schools, independent schools, and international schools.
He is a founding member of American Education Reaches Out, an international consortium that develops and supports standard-based instruction in schools around the world.