Paul F. Toner is the Executive Director of Teach Plus Massachusetts, where he leads Teach Plus’ policy and teacher leadership work in Greater Boston and the Commonwealth. Paul joins Teach Plus from Cambridge Strategic Partnerships, LLC, an education consulting firm where he served as president. Prior to that, Toner served as vice president and president of the 113,000 member Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) from 2006 to 2014 after serving as president of the Cambridge Teachers Association from 2001 to 2006.
Toner, a middle school social studies teacher, lawyer and former teacher union leader, has dedicated his career to seeking collaborative, innovative solutions to improving public education. As leader of the MTA and CTA, he was a strong advocate for educators and students while working with district and state leaders to focus on improving student achievement through labor-management collaboration.
Toner is currently a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the Education Commission of the States, the Line Editorial Advisory Board, and Teachers 21 Board of Directors. He was a participant in Governor Deval Patrick’s Readiness Project and served on Governor Charles Baker’s Education Transition Committee. He has served on numerous state and national education committees and task forces. He is a Pahara-Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow and member of the Broad Academy class of 2017.
Paul graduated from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts with a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations. He also holds a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Grace and Jack.