August 4, 2022
The State We Are In: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education – Moderated by Robin Steans – Dr. Carmen Ayala, Dr. Janice Jackson, Rep. Michelle Musman
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Robin Steans is president of Advance Illinois, an independent policy and advocacy organization that works for a healthy public education system that enables all students to succeed in college, career, and civic life. . She is also Chair of the Board of the Steans Family Foundation, where she helps guide grantmaking for education and community development in the North Lawndale community. A longtime public school parent, Robin Steans has spent more than twenty years working on public school reform. She served as the Issues Director for the Small Schools Coalition, Associate Director of Quality Education Leadership, and taught at public high schools in Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago before earning her law degree.
Ms. Steans is a trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center and co-founder and former chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago Celiac Center. She helped found and is currently Principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, and has served on two local school boards.
Robin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University, earned her master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and attended the University of Chicago School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. and Order of the Coif. She is married and has three children, all of whom attended and graduated from Chicago public schools.
Dr Carmen Ayala
The Illinois State Board of Education named Dr. Carmen Ayala the 30th state superintendent of education, making her the first woman and first person of color to serve as permanent superintendent. . Prior to joining the Illinois State Board of Education, Dr. Ayala served since 2012 as Superintendent of Berwyn North School District 98, where she regularly replaced underperforming schools.
Dr. Ayala has held a wide variety of roles during his 36 year teaching career. She was Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Plainfield District 202 prior to her service at Berwyn. Additionally, Ayala served as Director of School Improvement and Programs for Consolidated Community School District 300. She also served as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Bilingual Services, and a teacher in School District 131 in Aurora East. She started her career in education as a teacher. in Chicago public schools.
Previously, she was a board member of the Latino Policy Forum, where she advocated for fair funding and increased resources for English language learners. Dr. Ayala has held positions on numerous boards and committees, including the Illinois State Board of Education Bilingual Advisory Council, Illinois Women in Educational Leadership, Illinois Resource Center, and Illinois Professional Review Panel for Evidence -Based Funding.
Throughout her career, Dr. Ayala has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 Leadership Award and Excellence in Education Award from the League of Latin American Citizens, as well as the County of Distinguished Educator Award. Kane.
She graduated from Mundelein College with a major in Bilingual-Bicultural Education and Spanish Literature. She went on to earn her Masters in Business Administration from Dominican University and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Janice Jackson
Dr. Janice Jackson is a lifelong Chicago resident. With over 22 years of experience working in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), she is a nationally recognized and respected educator and leader in the field of public education. His life’s work and commitment to public education and student achievement began at a young age. After graduating from CPS and earning her BA and MA from Chicago State University, she began her teaching career as a social studies professor and debate team host at the South Shore Highschool. From there, she held the positions of high school principal, district network manager, and director of education while completing a master’s and doctoral degree in education. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2017, she was appointed CEO of CPS by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. She was the first CPS alumna to hold this position.
Jackson’s tenure at CPS – the 3rd largest school district in the nation with more than 355,000 students, 38,000 employees and an annual budget of $7 billion – is most notable for the results the district has achieved in advancing equitable results for its students. In fact, Bill Gates noted that the data-driven approach to student success developed under Jackson’s leadership was “a model for the nation.” Jackson’s efforts, along with those of dedicated Chicago teachers and principals, propelled CPS students to record improvements in academic achievement, high school graduation, and post-secondary completion. Education experts across the country consider Chicago a national leader in improving youth outcomes on a large scale.
After leaving CPS after 22 years, Jackson joined the Carnegie Foundation as a Senior Fellow where she focuses on issues of equity, such as improving school and college achievement nationwide and ensuring that African-American, Latinx, and Native American students receive an exemplary education and social and emotional support. She was also selected as a 2021 resident for the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
In September 2021, Jackson became CEO of Hope Chicago, a new two-generation scholarship organization that will break down barriers to educational and economic equity by ensuring debt-free academic services and wrap-around support services for Hope Scholars. and to their parents. Jackson brings to this work dynamic leadership, a deep understanding of student needs and circumstances, and a personal passion for transforming lives through education. She is also a board member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC), and A Better Chicago (ABC). Dr. Jackson is married with two children and resides in South Chicago in the community of Bronzeville.
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Rep. Michelle Musman
Michelle Mussman is the Illinois State Representative for the 56th District, a position she has held since 2011. The 56th District includes all or part of Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Roselle and Schaumburg.
Prior to being elected state representative, Mussman served as president and treasurer of her local parent-teacher association and a member of the Schaumburg City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations.
Mussman sits on several committees, including Appro-Elementary & Secondary Education and Appropriations-Human Services.
Mussman graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Design. Her husband, George, is a high school teacher at Fenton High School in Bensenville, where he teaches United States history and is a theater director. Michelle and George have three young adult children: Matt, Justin and Nicholas.
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