John is a leading expert on teacher evaluation, leadership and preparation reforms. He has worked closely with district and state reform, union, and management groups to build these new systems and help overcome implementation challenges. He also led projects to build a five-year human capital strategy for Delaware, a new turnaround principal pipeline in New Jersey and currently leads two school turnaround projects in Syracuse to build new turnaround leadership teams and new teacher leadership roles. John has advised several teacher voice and state-level advocacy organizations.
John began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher and became passionate about education policy after working in an urban public school district. Prior to joining Education First, John worked at the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and SRI International. He took a brief leave of absence from Joyce to work in the Illinois Governor’s office and helped develop the state’s performance evaluation reform act and alternative certification legislation that were passed in January 2010.
John is a founding board member of Teach Plus and in 2012 he was selected as an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis and a B.A. from Brown University. John enjoys volunteering in his children’s classrooms in Evanston, IL, and coaching baseball. He remains a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs.
- Educator Support, Development & Evaluation
- Teacher Leadership, Teacher Voice & Career Pathways
- Educator Preparation, Strategic Hiring & Retention
- Educator & Stakeholder Engagement
- Grantmaking Strategy & Effectiveness
- Communication & Advocacy
- Capacity Building & Sustainability
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Delaware Department of Education
- The Joyce Foundation
- New Jersey Department of Education
- Syracuse City School District
- U.S. Department of Education
Publications by John
His children Clara (12) and Matthew (10)
Coaching his son’s little league championship team