Chris Harrison, Ed.D.

Chris Harrison, Ed.D.

Program Manager

(510) 858-6013


Chris Harrison, Ed.D., serves as a Program Manager in ETR's Oakland Office. As a member of the Equity & Inclusion in STEM team, he is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing multiple research projects focused on youth and young adult populations. His research interests are in broadening participation in STEM, youth development, educational equity and school improvement, educational technology, teacher professional development, and professional learning communities. Dr. Harrison's work has informed policy recommendations, efficacy study implementation, nonprofit service delivery, scale up of STEM learning in post-secondary institutions, and quality teaching and learning in K-12 settings.

Dr. Chris Harrison has developed expertise as a middle and high school math/science teacher, educational researcher, supplemental education program administrator, curriculum developer, and professional development trainer. As a research fellow of the NSF-funded Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center, he investigated the role of educational leadership, school policy, and professional development in scaling up technology-enhanced learning materials to make them more accessible to diverse learning populations. Harrison's recent research projects have focused on longitudinal impact and RCT studies in mentoring and exploratory studies regarding state-level database systems and their alignment with STEM indicators.

Dr. Harrison received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Administration, M.Ed. in Math/Science Education, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and a teaching certificate in Math/Science Education all from Mills College. Harrison also received a B.A. in Urban Planning from Morehouse College.

Current Projects

  • The Digital NEST: Building Pathways to Computing Education and Careers Among Latino/a Youth
  • C2STEM: Learning by Modeling, A Collaborative and Synergistic Approach to K-12 Computing and STEM Education

Publications & Presentations

Harrison, C. (2017, August 24). Big ideas at the heart of educational equity: 5 key considerations. [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Harrison, C. (2015). The value of establishing a Professional Learning Community (PLC) to promote inquiry-based teaching and learning in math classrooms. Conference workshop delivered at California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Conference at Head Royce School, Oakland, CA.

Harrison, C. & Harrison, N. (2013). Reflections from the Soul: Cultivating Leadership in a World Hungry for Change. Inward Journeys Consulting: Atlanta, GA. (ASIN: B00HAOYRNA)

Harrison, C. & McKenzie-Crayton, J. (2013). Mentoring Children of Jailed Parents: Helping the Silent Victims. Atlanta Journal of Constitution. Op-Ed. Article. Retrieved at

Beale, C., Hauk, S., Scheider, S., Weiling, L., & Harrison, C. (2012). Randomized Control Trial (RCT) Evaluation of a Tutoring System for Algebra Readiness, WestEd – STEM Division, Retrieved at

McCarthy B., Yumol, D., Rice, J., Nakamoto, J., Tafoya, A., Atienza, S., Michel, L., Herpin, S., Harrison, C., & Mullin, J. (2011). New Technologies in PreK to Grade 3: PBS Ready-to-Learn Needs Assessment (Executive Summary), WestEd – STEM Division, Retrieved at

Crutchfield, O., Harrison, C., Haas, G., Garcia, D., Humphrys, S., Lewis, C., Khooshabeth, P. (2011). Berkeley Foundations for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT): A Decade of Broadening Participation. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 11(3). Retrieved at

Harrison, C., Owens-West, R., and Marshall, J. (2012). Discipline that Does No Harm: Improving Academic Outcomes for African-American Male Students. SchoolsMovingUp / Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd. Webinar retrieved at

Harrison, C. (2010). The Math Journey Towards Excellence: Progressive Principles that Guide Teaching and Learning. Talk presented at the Mills College School of Education, Oakland, CA.

Harrison, C. (2009). The Purpose of Education: College, Careers, & Service to Community. Talk presented at Claremont Middle School’s Algebra Summer Academy, Oakland, CA.

Huddleston, J. Garcia, D., Crutchfield, O., Harrison, C., & Haas, G. (2007). Utilizing Interactive 3D Graphics to Introduce Computer Science to At-Risk Middle School Students. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Harrison, C., Gerard, E., & Bowyer, J. (2006). Understanding the Principals Perspective in Scaling TELS. Poster presented at the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science Retreat, San Francisco, CA.

Harrison, C. & Harrison, N. (2005). How to Help Your Child Achieve Academic Success in School: Supporting Your Child During the Elementary, Middle, and High School Year. Brentwood Publishing Group: Columbus, GA. (ISBN: 1595812326)

Harrison, C., Fauvre, L., & Bowyer, J. (2005). Scaling Up TELS-Responses of School Administrators. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Harrison, C., Gerard, E., & Bowyer, J. (2005). Data from Teachers Help Inform the Way Principals Design Professional Development for Teachers: Technology Use for the Science Teacher. Paper presented as part of an interactive symposium at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Harrison, C., Gerard, E., & Bowyer, J. (2005). Principals Ideas on Implementation of Technology-Enhanced Curricula in Science in their Schools. Paper presented as part of an interactive symposium at the Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science Retreat at Penn State, State College, PN.

Harrison, C. (2005). Mathematics for the 21st Century: Educational Technology, Pedagogy, and Inquiry-based learning. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Oakland Alliance of Black Educators Conference, Oakland, CA.