Joe Nathan

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Director, Center for School Change

Joe Nathan, Ph.D., has spent the last 44 years as a public school teacher, administrator, parent, researcher and advocate. Parent, student & professional groups have given him a variety of awards for his work as an inner city public school teacher and administrator. For nearly 30 years, he has written a weekly column in Minnesota focusing on suburban and urban education issues.

Since 1988, Nathan has directed the Center for School Change. The Center works at the school, community and policy levels. It has raised more than $30 million from the Annenberg, Blandin, Bremer, Cargill, Carlson, Carnegie, Bill and Melinda Gates, Rockefeller, Minneapolis, St Paul, Kaufman, Target, Travelers and other foundations, as well as the US and Minnesota Departments of Education.

Among other accomplishments, Nathan directed a project (with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) in the Cincinnati Public Schools that increased overall high school graduation rates by more than 25 percentage points and eliminated the high school graduation gap between white and African American students over a seven-year period. He has helped create district and charter public school options in a number of states, and he helped write the nation’s first charter public school law.

Nathan earned a B.A. from Carleton College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has been married for 41 years to a recently retired (after 33 years) public school teacher, and he has three children and five grandchildren.

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016
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What We Can Learn From Listening to Parents and Students

One of the best suggestions I heard during the more than 30 years that I taught came from a principal…

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Posted July 18, 2016
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John King Jr. Has Some Good Advice for Charter Schools

On June 28, U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. gave one of the most powerful compliments to teachers that…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015
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Teacher-Led Schools: A Rare Point of Agreement for District, Union and Charter Advocates

When people who sometimes strongly disagree find something significant they like, it’s worth noting. One of those ideas drew more…

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