- Education reform
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- Measures of effective teaching
- Special education and learning disabilities
- Teacher assessment
- Teacher quality
- Teacher recruitment and retention
Nathan Jones is an assistant professor at Boston University. In his research, Jones focuses on teacher quality, teacher development and school improvement, with a specific emphasis on the use of measures of effectiveness in teacher evaluation systems. Jones is currently the principal investigator of a $1.6 million Institute of Education Sciences grant examining whether the Framework for Teaching (FFT) – an observation system used in over 20 states and hundreds of school districts – can be used validly and reliably in the evaluation of special education teachers. He is also co-principal investigator on a W.T. Grant Foundation study examining Los Angeles Unified School District’s three-year roll-out of a consequential teacher evaluation system. Jones currently serves an editor of The Elementary School Journal and is on the editorial board at The Journal of Teacher Education.