Jonathan Martin is the principal of his  new educational consulting practice, JonathanEMartin Ed. Services, with a mission “to support educators, schools, districts, and associations in the work of strengthening 21st century teaching, learning, and assessing and in becoming ‘schools of the future.”

He has 15 years experience as an independent school principal/ head (1996-2012), most recently as Head of St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, Arizona, (2009-12).

Tim Bazemore, Head of New Canaan Country School (CT) recently wrote:

All schools need to understand and embrace the deeper learning so essential for our students. My suggestion is to enlist Jonathan Martin to guide you in that process. Jonathan recently led our faculty and our board in two days of the most stimulating, exciting and important professional development we have done in years. Using data and interactive methods, Jonathan highlighted best practices in international education and assessment design principles, teaching faculty and trustees how to prepare the next generation of innovative thinkers.”

Among his current affiliations are:

EdLeader21:  Co-author of the forthcoming Hewlett Foundation funded EdLeader21 OCED Test for Schools (Based on PISA) Implementation toolkit.

Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) Board:  Consultant and writer for the Think Tank on the Future of Admissions Assessment.

Leadership + Design (Santa Fe Leadership Center): Leadership Consultant & Writer.

Educational Collaborators: Consultant to schools and districts on best practices in educational technology integration and ed.tech. strategic planning.

Haiku Learning: Certified Trainer

Jonathan also has year-long engagements in 21st century learning educational program design for The Hill School (PA) and St. Francis Episcopal Day School (TX).

In addition to these projects, he regularly presents at conferences and provides workshops to schools, boards, and faculties around the country.  (For a list of upcoming and past presentations, click here).   Among the topics he regularly trains educators in are Deeper Learning, Assessing Higher Order Thinking, Project-Based Learning (for which he has had five days “train the trainer training” with Buck Institute for Education) and Non-Cognitive Attributes Assessment.

Jonathan holds degrees from Harvard University (BA, Government, cum laude); Starr King School for the Ministry (M.Div., Unitarian ministry preparation); and the University of San Francisco School of Education (MA, Private School Administration).

In 2008, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University where he researched and presented on the topic of how school-leaders can better facilitate curricular innovation by teachers.  Jonathan is a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School (DC), and attended Milton Academy (MA) in middle school.

He previously headed Saklan Valley School  (CA) (1999-2008 ) and Maybeck High School (CA) (1996-1999).  In the first stage of his educational career, he taught History, Social Studies, and English at Maybeck, and served in a role equivalent to Dean of Students there.

From 2010-12 he was a member of the board, and Program & Professional Development Chair,  of the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS).  He was a contributor to the new National Association of Independent Schools publication A Strategic Imperative: A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future, and is cited as an authority on social media use by school-leaders in the recent Solution Tree publication, Essentials for Principals: Connecting and Communicating with Social Media and is recognized as an innovative school-leader in the recent book, Bringing Innovation to School by Suzie Boss.

Jonathan has blogged since 2008, primarily at his blog 21k12, and also for Connected Principals and edSocialMedia, and has been nominated for best educational administrator blogger in the international Edu-blogger awards.  In a recent issue of the national newsletter, the “Trustee Letter,” his blog was named “one of the best” Head of School blogs.   On multiple occasions, he has been an “official blogger” for major conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference (2009) and the ISAS Biennial Teacher Conference (2010 & 2012).

During 2008-2009, Jonathan conducted what he called the “good high school project,” and visited 21 21st century high schools, shadowing students for a full school day at each and live-blogging throughout each visit.   For the “lessons learned” from that project, click here.

Jonathan speaks often on 21st century learning; he has presented recently, or will be presenting soon at:

  • the Annual Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) (four sessions, 2011; two sessions, 2012; two sessions, 2013; two sessions, 2014),
  • the US Department of Education’s ONPE Annual Private School Leadership Conference (September 2010),
  • the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) (Head’s Conference, 2009),
  • the New York State Association of Independent Schools Education & Information Tech Conference  (keynote) (NEIT 2010),
  • the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Innovate Conference (keynote)  (2011),
  • the Virginia Association of Independent Schools Technology Conference (keynote) (2011),
  • the Arizona Association of Independent Schools (AAIS) (2010 & 2011)
  • the Secondary School Admissions Test Board (SSATB) annual conference (Sept. 2011)
  • the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Annual Head and Board Chairs Conference ( October, 2011)
  • the Virginian Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) Winter Heads’ Conference (January, 2012)
  • the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Technology annual conference (keynote), 2012
  • the Annual ISACS Conference, highlighted presenter, (November, 2012)
  • the Colorado Association of Independent School Heads Conference (January, 2013)
  • the first Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) (January, 2013)
  • the Deeper Learning Network first annual conference, High Tech High, (April 2013)
  • the Connecticut Private School Summit (keynote), (May 2013)
  • the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent School (PNAIS) Head’s Meeting (May, 2013)
  • the ISAS Division Head Conference (June 2013)
  • OESIS East, October 2013.

About his presentation at NAIS (2012), Peter Gow wrote:

Jonathan gave “one of the most complete and concise arguments for and “how-to” presentations on authentic school change that I’ve ever heard….[Educators] need to hear what people like Jonathan have to say, and their schools and their students need the kind of teaching and learning experiences being promoted by Jonathan and a lot of other educators who have decided to create not-their-father’s schools.”  Peter Gow, Not Your Father’s School

For more about presentations, click here.

For an archive of Jonathan’s graduation addresses over the past decade, click here.

Email Jonathan at jonathanemartin@gmail.com.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @JonathanEMartin.

Jonathan’s C.V. is available here: Jonathan E. Martin CV 2012

A professional portfolio for Jonathan, including about a dozen letters of recommendation, can be found by clicking here.

7 Responses to “Jonathan E. Martin”


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  6. I was so inspired by your talk on January 7th at St. John’s Episcopal, that I created my first blog. It is about my journey to a PhD in Science Education. Please read,share and comment. I am striving to become a writer and share my “klammerisms” with humor and wisdom from years of teaching.

    Elizabethklammer@blogspot.com

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