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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Robert Weintraub

Dr. Robert J. Weintraub is Professor of Practice in the Department of Organization and Leadership. Dr. Weintraub has been a teacher, psychologist, and innovative leader in urban and metropolitan public schools of Massachusetts for over 30 years. He was the founding principal of the City Magnet School in Lowell, Mass., the first "micro-society" school in the nation, a school grounded in John Dewey's philosophy that there is a direct and positive relationship between experience and education. For the past 19 years, he was the Headmaster of Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the academic profile of the school steadily improved and achievement gaps between students of color and white and Asian students were dramatically narrowed. In 1998, as Headmaster, he worked with the community and alumni/ae to establish the Brookline High 21st Century Fund, a private non-profit foundation whose mission is to seek "local solutions to national education challenges." Since 1998, the Fund has raised over $8 million and serves as an "engine of innovation" at the school, having initiated such nationally recognized programs as Teachers Mentoring Teachers, the African-American Scholars Program, Engineering by Design, The BHS Tutorial, and the Social Justice Leadership Project. Dr. Weintraub continued to teach a freshman English course as Headmaster of Brookline High; he has extensive experience teaching, mentoring, and preparing successful teachers and leaders; he developed and taught a popular leadership course at the Boston University Graduate School of Education for 17 years; and he has a deep interest in building effective school cultures where the whole school's academic profile improves over time while achievement gaps are narrowed. Dr. Weintraub served as a Trustee of The College Board and on the Board's National Academic Council, Nominations Committee, and Membership Committee. He has published articles in a variety of education journals, including the Kappan.