Mark Weber is a Ph.D. student at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education, concentrating in Policy, Organization, and Theory. He is also a music educator in Warren Township, New Jersey. In addition to peer- reviewed articles and policy briefs, Weber also writes regularly on education policy for a variety of media outlets. His blog, "Jersey Jazzman," is one of the most widely read education blogs in the nation. Weber's research interests include charter schools, teacher evaluation, testing, and arts education.
Current education policies haven’t sufficiently leveraged the organizational and interpersonal aspects of schools which can benefit educators and students collectively. Instead, the focus has been primarily on technical and individual-level approaches. However, a focus on individuals seems insufficient and limited; a simultaneous and equally strong focus on strengthening the organizations where teachers work appears sorely needed.