Areas of expertise
Education policy • Teacher evaluation and professional growth systems • Teacher union reform
A former high school social studies teacher, Mark Simon was president of the Montgomery County (Md.) Education Association, the National Education Association’s third largest affiliate, between 1985 and 2003. With Mark at the helm, the MCEA negotiated Peer Assistance and Review, a Professional Growth System, Councils on Teaching and Learning, and the union partnership with the district to turn around low performing schools. On the NEA’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997, Mark became a voice for “new unionism” in the NEA. He currently serves as national coordinator of the Mooney Institute for Teacher and Union Leadership (MITUL), a non-profit consulting organization working with teacher union locals and promoting progressive teacher unionism. He has been active in the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) since 1997. Mark has written about reform efforts in the D.C. Public Schools and how they could be improved.