Education Reform Veteran returns to Chicago to Help Support and Grow Illinois Charter Sector
CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Network of Charter Schools announced the appointment of C. Allison Jack as the new Director of Charter Growth and Support. Ms. Jack returns to Chicago after serving most recently as the Senior Program Director of New Leaders EPIC National Charter School Consortium, a New York based initiative tasked with awarding federal incentives to charter school educators. Ms. Jack managed an 18 million dollar multi-year fund to promote the exchange of best school practices. Her work brought her into contact with hundreds of charter schools across the country.
"We are thrilled that Allison is joining our team and her deep content knowledge and breadth of experience will be a welcome resource to the entire charter community," noted Andrew Broy, President of INCS. "She is a veteran education leader who has been a charter authorizer, policy analyst, teacher, and school founder, and we are very excited to have Allison join us."
Allison Jack's twenty years of experience parallels the history of education reform in Chicago, beginning with her time as a classroom teacher and culminating in the work she had done to incent high performing charter school leaders and teachers. She was the Director of the Charter School Resource Center at Leadership for Quality Education (LQE) in early 2000, and later co-founded Namaste Charter School and supported the successful school applications of Chicago Math and Science Academy, the Al Raby High School, Urban Prep, and ACE Tech, among others. She also led advocacy and outreach efforts at the state and local level for the CPS Office of New Schools under then CEO Arne Duncan. Ms. Jack is a Teach for America alum and a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Ms. Jack will be responsible for a range of work at INCS, including leading its efforts to start new charter schools statewide. She will also manage the school support function at INCS and her team will be in charge of executing many INCS signature events, including the Teacher Job Fair, the Design Series, Charterwise events, the charter quality initiative, and the Charter School Data Finder, among others.
"I am honored to work at an organization that I saw at its inception when charter public school founders realized they needed a support organization," said Allison. "I've spent time working with people around the country who are delivering on the promise of charter public schools. I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of working with each of our 132 campuses across Illinois."
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is dedicated to the improvement of education by establishing high-quality charter public schools that transform lives and communities. As the voice of the Illinois charter schools, INCS advocates for legislation on behalf of the charter sector, provides support to strengthen charter schools, and influences education policy for the benefit of all public school students.
SOURCE Illinois Network of Charter Schools