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Linda Nathan

Adjunct Lecturer on Education

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Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1995)
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Office:  Gutman 406A
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Faculty Assistant:  Joelle Mottola


Linda Nathan is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she teaches courses on school design and school observation. She also is a professor at Cambridge College, both in Boston and in Puerto Rico. As an experienced leader in education, Nathan actively mentors’ teachers and principals, and consults nationally and internationally on issues of educational reform, leadership, teaching with a commitment to racial justice and equity, and the critical role of arts and creativity in schools. Nathan’s widely praised book, The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test, about teaching and leadership in urban schools, was published in 2009 in both English and Spanish. Her second book, When Grit Isn’t Enough, was released by Beacon Press in October of 2017. She is co-editing a third book, Designing Schools and Democratic Learning Environments: A Global Perspective.

Nathan previously served as faculty director of the Creative Educational Leadership Institute at Boston University School of Education and special advisor to the superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Nathan was the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s first public high school for the visual and performing arts, and the co-director of Fenway High School, one of the first pilot schools in the Boston Public Schools. Nathan founded three nonprofit organizations: El Pueblo Nuevo, which focused on arts and youth development, Center for Collaborative Education, which works on issues of school reform and Center for Artistry and Scholarship which developed and supported innovative and tenacious leaders in education to build more equitable, collaborative, and creative communities. She also co-founded the Perrone Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership. She began her teaching career in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then came to Boston to work as a bilingual middle school teacher.

She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, a master’s degrees from Emerson College and Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

She blogs about many of these issues at

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