Jonathan E. Martin has 15 years experience as a Head of School, serving three schools in California and Arizona from 1996-2012. He has served on eight accreditation visiting teams, and chaired two; from 2010-12 he was a board member and Chair of Professional Development for the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS). A graduate of Sidwell Friends School (DC), he holds a BA from Harvard University cum laude and an MA in School Administration from the University of San Francisco; in 2008 he was a Klingenstein Visiting Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University.
An expert on 21st century learning and assessment, he has presented to school-leaders, teachers, and trustees at more than 100 conferences and schools in the past six years. In 2012 he launched a full time consulting practice to schools and organizations, supporting them in becoming “schools of the future” and in advancing 21st century and “deeper learning.”
He regularly facilitates Board of Trustees retreats and strategic planning sessions, including in recent years The Hill School (PA), New Canaan Country School (CT), the Louisa McGehee School (LA), the Shlenker School (TX), Gunston Day School (MD), Catlin Gabel School (OR), and Malvern Prep (PA). In 2014-15 he keynoted the annual Trustee conference for CAIS (CT) and presented at the annual Trustee Conference for CAIS (CA). He is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for City Center for Collaborative Learning (AZ), a 300 student 6-12 charter school, and chairs its Strategic Planning committee.
An expert on the use of measurement and assessment in schools, from 2012-2015 he was lead consultant to the Secondary School Admissions Test Board (SSATB) for its Think Tank on the Future of Assessment and primary author of its two Special Reports (2013 and 2014). He is also author or co-author of
- the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA) Implementation Toolkit for EdLeader21;
- the Mission Skills Assessment Implementation User’s Guide and Toolkit for the Index organization;
- the Sizing Up the Competition special report, including a strategic planning guidance section, for SSATB;
- the High School Survey of Student Engagement User’s Guide and Toolkit for NAIS (forthcoming, 2016);
- and the Guide to Benchmarking in Independent Schools for the Index organization (forthcoming, 2016).
Jonathan has current affiliations as an independent school expert and K-12 educational program adviser to a diverse array of companies and organizations, including the Center for Curriculum Redesign, the Independent Curriculum Group, Think Through Math, Blackbaud Inc , and Professional Examination Service.