Our Consultant

Jonathan E. Martin

As a former 20-year California independent school educator myself, I’ve long held Polytechnic School in the highest esteem, knowing of its excellence in college preparation, whole child development, arts, and athletics. So it gave me great delight when Poly invited me to assist the school in this enterprise to enhance the education of its students in their creative problem-solving and their innovative and entrepreneurial skills and habits.” – Jonathan E. Martin

Jonathan Martin is principal of his 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 assessment in becoming schools of the future.


In addition to consulting projects, Martin 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 supports, coaches, and educates educators upon are Deeper Learning, Assessing Higher Order Thinking, Data-Informed Decision Making, Project-Based Learning (for which he has had “train-the-trainer training” with Buck Institute for Education), Creating Innovative Students, and Non-Cognitive Assessment.


Martin has 15 years of experience as an independent school principal/ head (1996-2012), most recently as head of St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, Ariz., (2009-12). As head of St. Gregory (now The Gregory School), he implemented next-generation assessments; instituted a 1:1 laptop program for grades six to 12; developed a new student report card model; trained teachers in 21st-century project-based learning; and launched a new student advisory program.


Martin 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). Jonathan is a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.) and attended Milton Academy (MA) in middle school.


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.


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 he served in a role equivalent to dean of students there.


From 2010-12 Martin 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 and is recognized in the recent book Bringing Innovation to School by Suzie Boss as an innovative school leader.


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 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.