Tyrone Martinez-Black

Policy and Practice Specialist – Collaborative States Initiative

Tyrone Martinez-Black works in the Collaborating States Initiative to support state teams as they foster conditions that promote social and emotional learning for students and adults. His primary responsibilities include the organization and promotion of collaboration tools.

Before coming to CASEL, Tyrone was a teacher of middle school math and science, an instructional coach for those subjects, and an assistant director of mathematics curriculum. In addition, he has designed and delivered professional learning in the Chicago metropolitan area and across the nation. Especially applicable to his work at CASEL, Tyrone has been a member of projects addressing youth development during summer school, design thinking within schools, and integrating SEL competencies with the Standards for Mathematical Practice. 

Tyrone is a certified Google Educator with a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Art and two master’s degrees in education from the University of Illinois. He lives in his childhood home with his loving family and strives to make every encounter an edifying one.