During Dr. Jonas S. Chartock’s tenure as its first CEO, Leading Educators has become a key resource to school districts, charter networks, and policy makers in their efforts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective teachers. Leading Educators seeks to extend the reach and impact of highly effective teachers, transforming schools and dramatically improving student outcomes. Leading Educators believes that teacher leadership increases support for new teachers, retains our best teachers in the classroom, and relieves overburdened principals. Jonas oversees the organization’s operations, strategy, outreach, and growth.
Jonas came to Leading Educators from the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York, where he served as Executive Director of the nation’s largest university-based charter school authorizer. Previously, he served as the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charter School Policy Institute (CSPI) in Austin, Texas, and as Executive Director of Teach For America in Houston, Texas.
Jonas began his career as a corps member in the Compton Unified School District teaching 4th grade. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, M.A. from Chapman University, Ed.M from Harvard University, and earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership at the University of Texas at Austin. Jonas is an amateur musician and resides in New Orleans with his wife and step-daughter.