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Julie Jackson

Job Title
Chief Schools Officer, K-8
Uncommon Schools
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New Jersey
Peter Jennings Award

I find inspiration in Dr. Martin Luther King when he said, 'Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.'

Julie Jackson currently serves as the Chief Schools Officer K-8 at Uncommon Schools, overseeing K-8 instruction and program design for 38 schools serving over 10,000 students in Boston, Brooklyn, Camden, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. In her role, Julie leads a team of managing directors and associate managing directors in support of school principals. In 2015, Julie joined Teach for America’s inaugural Collective National Advisory Board to support their mission to end educational inequality and attract dedicated and diverse individuals to education.

Julie began her career as a 1994 corps member at Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Paterson, NJ, where she was named Teacher of the Year. In 1998, Julie joined Uncommon’s North Star Academy in Newark, NJ she quickly transitioned into leadership roles with North Star, serving as Dean of Students, co-director of schools, and founding Principal of North Star High School. In 2007, Julie founded North Star Vailsburg Elementary School and by 2012, 98% of Vailsburg’s 3rd and 4th graders were meeting or exceeding grade level benchmarks on the NJ state exam, the highest performing elementary school across the state.

Julie was named 2012 Administrator of the Year by the New Jersey Charter Schools Association and in 2013 received Teach For America’s Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership. Through workshops and speaking engagements, Julie has trained thousands of teachers and school leaders across the country. Her leadership has inspired best practices described in books, including Teach Like a Champion and Leverage Leadership