Gretchen Weber is a vice president for Policy, Practice, and Systems Change, where her work focuses on building and growing AIR’s work in the areas of teacher and leader development, college and career readiness, and personalized learning. In addition, she works within AIR’s strategy office, overseeing business development strategy, content integration, and research to practice applications for the organization’s Professional Services division. She also continues to work with states and districts on improving and enhancing educator effectiveness systems, specifically focused on career pathways and teacher leadership, micro-credentials, STEM, and education technology.
With 21 years of experience in K12 education, Weber has directed multi-faceted, multi-year projects for states and districts and has facilitated statewide committees, led trainings for educators, and created research-based resources on aspects of education evaluation, induction and mentoring, compensation reform, teacher leaders, and educator talent management. She has presented at national conferences for organizations such as the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Governor’s Association, ASCD, Learning Forward (NSDC), and the National School Board Association. She has co-authored the From Great to Influential: Teacher Leaders’ Roles in Supporting Instruction (2016), Guidebook for Distinguishing the Right Leader for Your School (2010), and the Toolbox for Distinguishing the Right Leader for Your School (2010). Prior to her current role she was the vice president for Policy and Strategic Projects for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the director of Educator Effectiveness Programs within the Education division of AIR.
Weber is a National Board Certified teacher who recently renewed her certification in Early Adolescent English Language Arts and also holds a master’s of education degree. Because of her diverse teaching experiences that included integration of literacy and STEM, she has served on boards or played a role within other organizations that support both, including Boundless Readers, the Morton Arboretum, and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.