John Weathers, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

Dr. John M. Weathers is a Senior Researcher at 21PSTEM where he is the co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant to study teacher grade and course movement within and across school years, Instability in Education Systems, Randomized Controlled Trials, and Children’s Achievement (NSF PRIME grant). He also works on the Education Consortium for the Advancement of STEM in Egypt (ECASE) where he coordinates a team of assessment and science content experts to develop an new assessment system for innovative STEM secondary schools in Egypt.  John has 20 years of experience in education, starting from work in informal environmental education, to being a certified public middle school social studies teacher, to positions in policy evaluation, academia, and education research and development.

John has been an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, a visiting professor of educational leadership at Lehigh University, and a post-doctoral researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught courses in evaluation and research (qualitative and quantitative) methods, organizational change, instructional methods for aspiring teachers, and the sociological, historical, and philosophical foundations of education. He has also provided professional development to teachers, educational leaders, and government officials in the US and Egypt on topics including formative assessment, data-driven decision-making/use of data for a wide variety of improvement efforts, program implementation, and innovative STEM assessment development, most notably through a national symposia he organized for educational leaders on data-driven decision-making in cooperation with the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and SchoolNet, Inc.

John has led evaluations of state and local policies and programs and conducted both quantitative and qualitative research on a range of topics. He has been a lead or co-lead on successful grant proposals totaling more than $1.4 million and he has published and presented research on educational leadership, executive coaching, teacher policy and workplace issues, teacher turnover, teacher certification, and policy implementation. Dr. Weathers serves on the editorial board of the Educational Policy Analysis Archives Journal and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Organizational Theory in Education. He has been the Chair and Program Chair for the Organizational Theory Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He has served as a reviewer for AERA, the American Sociological Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, Education Policy, Sociology of Education, and the Educational Administration Quarterly.

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Education Policy
M.S. University of Pennsylvania, Sociology
B.A. Wesleyan University, Sociology and Anthropology