Dan Weisberg

Guest Blogger


New York City, New York

Daniel Weisberg has worked at TNTP as the Executive Vice President for Performance Management group, General Counsel, and as Vice President of Policy. He co-authored TNTP’s acclaimed study on the failures of the nation’s teacher evaluation systems, The Widget Effect, which has helped to catalyze evaluation reforms in more than 30 states since 2009. More recently, he participated in the writing of The Irreplaceables (2012), which explored the teacher retention crisis through the experience of the country’s best teachers.

Before TNTP, Weisberg served as Chief Executive of Labor Policy and Implementation for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the country’s largest public school system. In this role, he led negotiations between the Department and the United Federation of Teachers that resulted in a series of groundbreaking reforms, including the city’s highly-regarded “mutual consent” system, which gives teachers and schools the primary voice in school staffing. He also led a team that provided labor support to NYCDOE’s 1,700 principals and implemented a number of high-stakes talent initiatives.

Before joining the NYCDOE, Weisberg was a Partner in the New York office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he led the firm’s East Coast labor and employment practice. He holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. in political science from Columbia University in New York City.


Posted Jan. 11, 2016

A Vision for Teachers Unions After Friedrichs

Can teachers be forced to give money to a union they don’t support? That’s the question at the heart of…

By Dan Weisberg

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Posted May 22, 2015

Common Ground Through ‘Community Schools’

Among the most reductive arguments in education policy is the one about the effects of poverty on student academic achievement.…

By Dan Weisberg

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

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