Denis Newman is the CEO and founder of Empirical Education Inc., which has pursued a mission of helping educators make evidence-based decisions. Over the last ten years, Empirical has worked with school systems to conduct over 25 randomized experiments and numerous other evaluations of instructional and professional development programs. Newman has 35 years of experience studying student-teacher learning processes and developing instructional technologies. His Ph.D. is in Developmental Psychology from the City University of New York. He has conducted research and development at Rockefeller University, UC San Diego, Bank Street College of Education, and BBN Corporation. As a pioneer in the application of Internet technologies for student learning, professional development, and school administration, he is widely published and has served as program chair for the American Educational Research Association's Curriculum and Learning Division. His business career has included senior positions at educational software companies Tegrity and Soliloquy Learning.