Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools
Janice K. Jackson, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the field of urban education and the chief education officer (CEdO) of Chicago Public Schools. There, she leads the entire academic arm of CPS, which includes 660 schools in 13 networks (zones) — the third largest school district in the country. Previously, she led CPS’ Network 9, where she oversaw and guided the principals of 26 schools serving 14,000 students. Jackson began her career as a social studies teacher at South Shore High School. After five years in the classroom, Jackson led the Al Raby School for Community and Environment, which became one of the district’s most successful neighborhood high schools, with a graduation rate of over 80 percent and higher than expected college enrollment. After five years as principal of Raby, Jackson was chosen to lead the new George Westinghouse College Prep High School, whose success was recognized nationally, due in part to a thriving world language program and partnerships like the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program, which gives students interested in the medical profession a chance to study with the physicians and researchers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.