Jason Colombino | Assistant Principal, Collins Middle School
Jason Colombino is Assistant Principal at Collins Middle School in Salem, MA. Previously, he was the STEM Coordinator at Salem Public Schools working on supporting teachers and leaders to make sustainable improvements in student achievement. He has led the district in creating a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction and common assessments to support teachers in the implementation of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Colombino serves on the Salem Teachers Cabinet, a board of educators supported by TeachPlus that advises the Salem School Committee on pressing educational policy issues. During his time as an Algebra I teacher at Salem High School, Colombino took part in the Master Teacher Project at BetterLesson documenting and sharing a year’s worth of lessons and reflections, student work and classroom videos with teachers around the country. He has experience providing urban districts in Massachusetts with technical assistance on strengthening and integrating key levers of educational change as part of the Human Resources Pilot Project with the Working Group for Educator Excellence. A recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education, Colombino worked with a group of tenth grade students at Lawrence High School during an acceleration academy.
Prior to working in Salem, he worked for over ten years as a special education teacher and administrator at Murphy and Dwyer Academy, a therapeutic day school for students with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Having presented research at a number of national conferences, Colombino is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Boston College on a Universal Design for Learning approach to teacher evaluation. He earned a M.Ed. in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard University and an A.B. in Mathematics and Psychology from Bowdoin College.