Amy Hawn Nelson

Amy Hawn Nelson is a member of the Research Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, an initiative out of UPenn that focuses on the development, use, and innovation of integrated data systems (IDS) for policy analysis and program reform. Prior to joining AISP in 2017, Dr. Hawn Nelson was the Director of Social Research for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Director of the Institute for Social Capital, an IDS charged with supporting university research and enhancing data-informed decision-making in the Charlotte region. Prior to entering the world of IDS’ in 2012, Hawn Nelson served as a teacher and school leader for 11 years. She is a community engaged researcher generally focusing on intersectional topics related to education policy, and was selected as a Charlottean of the Year in 2015 largely due to her research and community engagement around issues of educational equity. She is a co-editor of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte (Feb. 2015, Harvard Education Press). Amy and her husband Allen are proud graduates of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and continue to live in Charlotte with two feisty daughters, Fincher and Emory (CMS Class of 2032 and 2035).

 

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 05, 2017
    As charter school enrollment expands, statistics show they are more segregated than traditional public schools. Are they more effective? Research is inconclusive. A look at charter schools in the Charlotte region and their relationship to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 07, 2016
    Around 80,000 students in Mecklenburg County choose to attend a school other than their neighborhood public school. But what might that mean for the caliber of education the students receive? 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 02, 2015
    Are more Mecklenburg County parents opting for private school over public, or for charters or home schools? UNC Charlotte Urban Institute researchers looked at 20 years of enrollment choices in Mecklenburg.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 16, 2015
    Misperceptions about public education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are common. Scholars Roslyn Mickelson, Stephen S. Smith and Amy Hawn Nelson have researched CMS and school desegregation for decades. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 26, 2014
    In 1997, when North Carolina launched its school rating system, Charlotte's Shamrock Gardens Elementary  had one of the lowest scores in the state. By 2014, test scores have risen and enrollment is increasing. Parents are volunteering in classrooms staffed by highly effective teachers. How did this dramatic change occur? (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 05, 2012
    Commonwealth Morningside neighbors are trying to do what Plaza Midwood did six years ago: work with neighborhood parents and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools until the parents are comfortable sending their children to the neighborhood public school. Assignment to a low-performing public school is an issue in many revitalizing Charlotte neighborhoods.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 05, 2012
    Commonwealth Morningside neighbors are trying to do what Plaza Midwood did six years ago: work with neighborhood parents and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools until the parents are comfortable sending their children to the neighborhood public school. Assignment to a low-performing public school is an issue in many revitalizing Charlotte neighborhoods.