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Robert J. Weintraub

Professional Background

Educational Background

Boston University, Boston, Mass., 1983 -1986
Doctor of Education -- Administration, Planning and Policy Studies, September, 1986
Dissertation: "Voices From the Schoolhouse: An Ethnographic Study of a K - 8 School in Lowell, Massachusetts" 
Served as staff assistant/editor at the Institute for Responsive Education at Boston University, 1985 - 1986
Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. 1976 - 1978
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study - Pupil Support Services Administration and School Psychology, June, 1978

The New Jersey Urban Education Corps, Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, June 1970 - January 1972:  18-month program, preparing college graduates with liberal arts degrees to be teachers in the urban centers of New Jersey; Master of Arts in Teaching, January, 1972  

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.   1964 - 1969
Bachelor of Arts --English/Journalism, January, 1969
Editorial Page Director and Editorial Columnist of the school newspaper, Brown and White; Elected to Arcadia, the university's student government; Varsity Golf Team  

Throughout my career, I participated in ongoing professional development with organizations such as Teachers as Scholars (Mass.), National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington, D.C.), Primary Source (Mass.), Southern Poverty Law Center (Georgia), Harvard Principals Center (Mass.), Alan November Associates, Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), and The College Board.  

Workshops and Seminars Include:  
Teachers as Scholars, 2006:  "The Poetry of T.S. Eliot"
Teachers as Scholars, 2003:  "The Poetry of Whitman and Dickinson"
NEH, "The Writer's Eye," writing in response to Plato, Swift, Woolf, and Garcia-Marquez, Summer, 1990

Scholarly Interests

Development and Assessment of Exemplary Public Schools
Development and Assessment of Exemplary School Practices
Educational Leadership:  "Connecting Voice and Touch"
Educational Leadership:  "Words Matter"

Selected Publications

"Meaningful Participation and an Effective School: Students, Teachers, and Parents
Run Their Own Micro-Society" Equity and Choice Magazine, Boston University, 1984

"Development and Practice of Democracy in a K- 8 School" in Moral, Character, and
Civic Education in the Elementary School, Jacques Benninga, Editor, Teachers College
Press, 1990

"Magical Realism" in The Collected Works, The Writer's Eye, The National Endowment
for the Humanities, 1990

"Beyond Special Education: A New Vision of Academic Support," with Julie Joyal
Mowschenson, in Phi Delta Kappan Magazine, June 2009 

"Our Nation Needs a Civics Lesson," The Brookline TAB, November, 2012

"15 Lessons on School Leadership," April, 2012 Phi Delta Kappan Magazine
This article was also noted and summarized in the Marshall Memo.

curriculum vitae

biographical information

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.