SED Welcomes Two New Faculty Members
This fall, SED is joined by two new faculty members who are eager to continue SED’s mission of preparing outstanding teachers and growing the school’s capacity to produce research that will serve to refine educational practice in the 21st century. These new faculty members are graduates of top schools of education from around the country, who come to SED because they value the school’s combined focus on educator preparation and high quality scholarship.
Linda Nathan is joining our faculty to lead the Institute for Creative Educational Leadership. The Institute will focus on preparing and supporting educational leaders who are creating or transforming innovative centers of learning for the 21st century. These are centers that are not only committed to closing the achievement gap but preparing their graduates to be societal and economic leaders.
Dr. Nathan has recently served as Special Advisor to the Superintendent, Boston Public Schools. She is the founding Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy and was Co-Headmaster of Fenway High School. She began her career in education in Puerto Rico and then came to Boston as a bilingual teacher and started Boston’s first arts middle school. She has founded two not-for profit organizations: El Pueblo Nuevo (arts and youth development) and Center for Collaborative Education (school reform). She also directs the National Artist Teacher Fellowship. For over a decade, Dr. Nathan has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has written a widely-praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test which was also published in Spanish. She consults nationally and internationally on issues of education reform, leadership, teaching and arts. Dr. Nathan holds a holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, two Master’s degrees in education administration and performing arts, from Antioch University and Emerson College. Her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, is in Spanish and Social Studies.
In addition to being the Faculty Director of the CEL, Dr. Nathan will teach courses in our educational leadership programs and work on her research which focuses on: school autonomy and student achievement, the role of teachers’ unions and school reform, explorations of democratic schools and the role of student and teacher voice, and ways to create fully inclusive schools for all students. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nathan to the faculty of the BU School of Education where we believe that every learning moment can change a life.
Dr. Robert Weintraub is joining our faculty to teach education leadership courses, advise Masters and Doctoral students, and develop and lead several projects: an Ed.M. Program for Autonomous School Leaders in China; The Calculus Project: a national implementation and research project; and The Institute for Creative Educational Leadership: to be established.
Dr. Weintraub earned his Ed.D. in Administration, Planning, and Policy at Boston University; his dissertation, Voices From the Schoolhouse, is an ethnographic study of a magnet school in Lowell, Massachusetts. He received a C.A.G.S. in Pupil Personnel Services Administration from Northeastern University; an M.A.T. from Montclair State University (as a member of the New Jersey Urban Education Corps); and a B.A. in English and Journalism from Lehigh University.
Dr. Weintraub served for 19 years as the Headmaster of Brookline High School. During his tenure, working with alumni/alumnae, Brookline parents and citizens, and the Brookline School Committee, he founded the BHS 21st Century Fund, an education foundation to support innovation and change at the school. During his tenure, the academic profile of the whole school improved significantly (named the top academic high school in Massachusetts in 2009), barriers to AP courses were eliminated, and achievement gaps were dramatically narrowed. In addition, Dr. Weintraub taught a ninth grade English class throughout his tenure. Dr. Weintraub was also the founding principal of the K – 8 City Magnet “Micro-Society” School in Lowell, Massachusetts. The school was designed as part of Lowell’s “controlled choice” desegregation plan, was based in John Dewey’s text, Experience and Education, and was named one of the top 50 elementary schools in the nation in 1988.
For the past three years, Dr. Weintraub has served as Professor of Practice in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, teaching and advising Masters and Doctoral students who aspire to serve as school principals and urban superintendents. For 17 years, he was an adjunct instructor at Boston University.
Dr. Weintraub’s professional passions, commitments and research include, “Leadership as an Existential Thing,” “An Understanding of Real Learning Must Drive Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment,” “Participatory and Inclusive School Governance Matters,” “Words Matter,” and “Educational Equity” driven by John Dewey’s quotation: “What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Anything less is unlovely; left unchecked, it destroys our democracy.”