Jason Griffiths is the Managing Director of School Partnerships for The National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE). NAATE's mission is to develop, leverage, sustain, and retain the nation's top-tier educators for improved student and school performance through an intense, advanced program of study that balances instructional mastery and leadership. NAATE has a distinct program for experienced teachers and another for school leaders. NAATE utilizes the case study method, specifically designed for experienced and effective practitioners in a variety of fields, as the primary pedagogical approach for the program. The learning that takes place is inquiry based, participant driven, and inductive in nature. In his role, Jason is responsible for developing and deepening partnerships with school districts, charter management organizations, and faith-based schools west of the Mississippi River.
Prior to joining NAATE, Jason served as the founding head master of The Brooklyn Latin School (TBLS), a selective, New York City public high school on the border of the Bushwick and Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. In his role as founding head master, Jason worked with the founding faculty and staff to conceptualize, design, and found TBLS on the ideals of Boston Latin, the oldest high school in the United States. Jason sheparded the school community through rapid growth over seven years, growing the school from 43 students and 9 staff members in 2006 to 625 students and 50 staff members in 2013, all while strengthening the school’s academic program, expanding extra-curricular opportunities, and cultivating a close-knit, familial culture. He also worked with teachers to construct a comprehensive teacher development program that resulted in a yearly teacher retention rate over 90%. Under his guidance, the college counseling department developed a successful college counseling program designed to support TBLS students, especially those who were the first in their families to attend college. The program resulted in a wide range of college acceptances for TBLS graduates including Brown, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Williams, Smith, Middlebury, Macalester, Trinity, Bowdoin, Amherst, Vassar, Emory, Wesleyan, and CUNY Honors College. The TBLS community attained US News and World Report’s position as the #1 high school in New York City and New York State in 2013 and Newsweek’s ranking as the #4 high school in the United States for low income students in 2015.
Jason had the privilege of working with three Princeton University alums during his time at TBLS- David Turner (Latin), Kate Miller ’08 (Physics), and Emmitte Griggs ’07 (Special Projects). In addition, TBLS students began and ended their time with the school community by attending a three-day retreat at The Princeton Blairstown Center (PBC) as freshmen and seniors. These Princeton alumni and the relationship between TBLS and PBC have had a profound effect on the evolution of the TBLS community.
Jason began his career as a history teacher at Delaware Valley High School in Milford, Pa, where, he also served as an assistant football coach. In this role, he was part of the coaching staff that transformed a dormant football program into a perennial contender for the league championship that has regularly sent graduates to play football in college. While Jason has cherished all of his experiences in education, his fondest memories involve the time he spent coaching, shaping, and mentoring young men involved with the football program at Delaware Valley.
Jason currently serves on the board of Great Minds, LLC, a non-profit organization that promotes content-rich comprehensive education for all American students by bringing teachers together in collaboration with scholars to craft exemplary instructional materials. He has also served on the board of The Princeton Blairstown Center, which offers vulnerable young people the opportunity to build leadership skills through unique, adventure-based, and experiential experiences.