Emily Weiss joined Education First in 2014 to support urban school districts with preparing their students for college and careers, focusing primarily on instruction and student assessment. She has also overseen research projects designed to inform the funding strategies of major foundations in the areas of teacher development and engagement.
Emily has dedicated her career to improving education outcomes for students in underserved urban public schools, first as a middle school teacher and later as a senior leader at the New York City Department of Education. As Deputy Chief Academic Officer, she oversaw school accountability and student assessment for a district of 1.1 million students and led the transition to new Common Core state exams. Previously, Emily played a lead role in designing citywide strategies for introducing the Common Core standards to teachers.
Emily earned her B.A. in English from Yale College and her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A certified teacher in New York and California, Emily now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two young sons. She enjoys reading, running, traveling, daydreaming about Brooklyn and spending time with family and friends, especially outdoors.
- College- and Career-Ready Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Assessments for Learning
- Strategy Development and Implementation Support
- Educator and Stakeholder Engagement
- Bank Street College of Education
- Denver Public Schools
- Syracuse City School District
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Helmsley Charitable Trust
Publications by Emily
- “We Are the Future”: A Conversation about Student Voice in Policymaking
- The Value of a Network: What We’ve Learned from Supporting the New England Alliances for College and Career Readiness
- Teacher Leadership in Action: How 6 Teams of Massachusetts Teachers are Using Leadership to Tackle Equity Issues in their Schools
Visiting Beautiful Places (Pictured: New Zealand)