Penny Bender Sebring is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago and Co-Founded its Consortium on School Research in 1990. She is a co-author of Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Charting Chicago School Reform: Democratic Localism as a Lever for Change (Westview Press, 1998). Sebring also is President of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation. Previously, she worked at the National Opinion Research Center at UChicago and was a Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher.
Sebring graduated from Grinnell College and was a long-time member of its Board of Trustees. She received a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Education and Policy Studies from Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Public Education Fund and Kids First Chicago, and she is a member of the Visiting Committee to the Division of Social Sciences at UChicago and the Policy Advisory Board of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern.