Mark Weiss, M.A.
Mark Weiss, M.A., has been the Director of Education for Operation Respect for 13 years. He was a New York City school principal for 20 years, founding the first alternative high school in the Bronx in 1979 and leading that school for 13 years. In 1993, he founded a New Visions 6-12 grade public school, School for the Physical City, heralded in a New York Times Magazine cover story as “A City School Experiment That Actually Works.” He led that school for more than 7 years.
Mr. Weiss brings his commitment and expertise in building school communities of respect and learning to his work with Operation Respect and to the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence as a consultant. At Operation Respect, he directs a staff of trainers who lead workshops focusing on social and emotional learning and promoting positive school climate nationally from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, and internationally in Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Ukraine, and most recently, Japan.
He lives in Putnam Valley, New York with his wife, Jane, enjoying the nearby families of their three adult daughters and four granddaughters.