David Plank is a Professor (Research) Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Education, and Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). He has also served as a consultant to national and international organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and also to governments in Africa and Latin America. Plank is the author and editor of six books, including the AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. He has published several studies on Brazilian Education including the book The Means of Our Salvation: Public Education in Brazil, 1930-1995, which was published in Brazil as Política Educacional no Brasil: Caminhos para a Salvação Pública. Plank was a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Bahia from 1990 to 1995. He has also worked closely with the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture and the World Bank to develop and implement reforms in the country’s basic education system.