About Joe Feldman
Joe has worked in education for over 20 years at the school, district, and federal levels of government, and in traditional district and charter school systems. He began his career as an English and U.S. History teacher in Atlanta Public Schools and was the founding principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C. which has the highest performing students of any open-enrollment public school in the city. He also served as Director of Charter School Development for the New York City Department of Education and as Director of K-12 Instruction in Union City, California. In Union City, Joe led the districtwide initiative to expand access to and support for honors and advanced classes; in two years the district doubled the number of African-American and Latino students who enrolled in—and passed–honors and advanced courses.
Joe earned his B.A. from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard School of Education, and a J.D. at NYU Law School. He has presented at schools and conferences across the country, and has authored numerous publications on grading and equity, including the Fall 2018 publication of Grading for Equity (Corwin), and Teaching Without Bells: What We Can Learn from Powerful Practice in Small Schools (Paradigm Publishers). He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.