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SEDHEADLinda Nathan is a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director of the newly formed Institute for Creative Educational Leadership (ICEL) at Boston University. The Institute explores the intersection of three different lenses, (the artist, the educator and the Community-Based Organization Leader) with an eye towards developing a new approach to preparing school and community leaders.

Most recently Dr. Nathan served as the Special Advisor to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Her work focused on how best to balance the opportunities that school autonomy presents with the need for all students in all schools to succeed.  She also directs the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program.

Dr. Nathan served as founding headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Under Dr. Nathan’s leadership, the school won state, national, and international recognition and awards. Over 94% of graduates are accepted to college each year.  She also founded and directed the Center for Arts in Education, an arm of Boston Arts Academy that serves the outreach, professional development, and arts advocacy needs of the school.  Dr. Nathan was the co-director of Fenway High School for 14 years, a period of national awards for its innovative school-to-career programs. She began her career in Boston as a bilingual teacher and started Boston’s first arts middle school at the Tobin.

Dr. Nathan has founded two not-for-profit organizations: El Pueblo Nuevo (arts and youth development) and the Center for Collaborative Education (school reform issues). She also serves on numerous not-for-profit boards both locally and nationally.

For over a decade, Dr. Nathan has taught “Building Democratic Schools,” a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has written a widely-praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, “The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test,” which was also published in Spanish. She consults nationally and internationally on issues of educational reform, leadership, teaching and arts. More is available at on these issues, including her blog.

Dr. Nathan holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, two Master’s degrees in education administration and performing arts, from Antioch University and Emerson College.  Her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, is in Spanish and Social Studies.