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Jason Weeby

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Jason Weeby
Senior Fellow
Policy and Thought Leadership

Background: Jason is a senior fellow at Bellwether Education Partners where he advises foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies on city-level education reform initiatives, governance, innovation, and talent. He believes bold new approaches to improving schools are the path to equitable and high-performing school systems. He’s the lead author of the “U.S. Education Innovation Index: Prototype and Report” (USEII), the field’s first foray into measuring education innovation at the city level.

Prior to joining Bellwether, Jason led programmatic and innovation initiatives at Education Pioneers. He was also an Education Pioneers fellow at Envision Schools in 2007. Jason earned his master's degree in Education from Stanford University with a concentration in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies and his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Environmental studies from Western Michigan University. Jason began his career serving youth as a treatment provider in a residential crisis unit and then as a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, both in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Client segments served: Intermediaries, foundations, human capital organizations, state education agencies, product and service providers.

Why I do this work: Early in my career, I worked with children all across the socioeconomic spectrum and witnessed tragic education inequity firsthand. We need to do better by our students and we can. I believe that bold new ideas, talented people, and coordinated efforts will reverse the downward trends we are seeing today.

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Jason Weeby

cover of Creating More Effective, Efficient, and Equitable Education Policies with Human-Centered DesignHuman-centered design is an approach to creating solutions for problems and opportunities through a focus on the needs, contexts, behaviors, and emotions of the people that the solutions will serve. For years, it has been used to create and re-create products, services, and experiences such as doors, hospital visits, and breast pumps. More recently, public agencies have begun to use human-centered design methods to define problems, generate solutions, and test them to improve the services that they deliver. Some governments have even created innovation offices that serve as in-house design consultants and train other employees to integrate human-centered approaches into their daily work.

Increasingly, designers and public leaders are beginning to apply human-centered design methods to the creation of public policies themselves. So what would it look like if human-centered design methods were applied to the creation of education policies? Can a process created for products and services in the private sector improve how education policies are created and implemented?