Brennan McMahon Parton
Brennan, senior associate, state policy and advocacy, joined DQC in 2011 to support the work of ensuring academic success for all students through stakeholder access to and use of data. She focuses on issues including financial data, educator data literacy, and the critical importance of effectively communicating about data and policy. She frequently travels to states to talk with state leaders and advocates about the value of data to meeting education goals.
Prior to joining DQC Brennan worked at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education in Nashville, Tennessee, as a research and policy analyst. There she explored topics such as teacher effectiveness and professional development. During her graduate studies she worked for the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability, researching virtual schooling and parental engagement in education.
Brennan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in public policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School of Education, and is a big Vanderbilt Commodore fan. She is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and loves to extol the virtues of her home city.
Favorite education quotation:
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet.” —Aristotle
The image that represents why I work at DQC:
I chose the old one-room school house because my maternal grandfather was educated in one (well, technically a two-room school house) in Athens, Tennessee. It is amazing to me how powerful that education was to catapulting him on to his future, and how, even though the building may look different and have internet, computers, and multiple classrooms, my own education laid the same foundation for my future. The promise of the power of education to all students is why I work in education policy, and the wealth of information and resources we now have in data to make that education more tailored—and more powerful—is why I work at DQC.