Allison Jack

Guest Blogger

Director of Charter Growth and Support, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Chicago, Illinois

Allison Jack is a mom of four with 20 years of experience in education improvement in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, beginning with her time as a classroom teacher and culminating in the work she does with high performing charter school leaders and teachers. She is currently director of Charter Growth and Support at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

She worked with many of the original charter schools in Chicago and co-founded the Namaste Charter School. She also held advocacy and policy roles in the Chicago Public Schools office of New Schools under then-CEO Arne Duncan and in the Governor’s office. Allison is an early Teach for America alum and a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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Posted May 13, 2016

Half-Day Kindergarten and the Suburban Communities That Cling to It

When we moved to an affluent Chicago suburb three years ago, I neglected to ask a critical question: Does the…

By Allison Jack

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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