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Dr. Deborah Jackson

Leadership Coach

Deborah R. Jackson, Ed. D. currently serves as an adjunct professor in Education, teaching Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy for the University of Virginia. She has a BS in Political Science, a Master of Business and Public Administration, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Jackson is licensed as a Division Superintendent, as well as Administration and Supervision PreK-12.

Dr. Jackson worked in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for 33 years in progressively more critical roles. In her last role, she served as a Special Project Administrator assigned to the Assistant Superintendent's Office for Human Resources (HR); where she redesigned and implemented a new teacher and administrator evaluation. She maintained accountability for the project's financial
performance; utilized data metrics to measure progress toward desired learning outcomes and designed interventions. Dr. Jackson served as a Leadership Coach working with administrators for the Regional Assistant Superintendents. She also led seminars on human resources management, school improvement, strategic plan implementation, parent and community engagement, school finance,
strengthening teacher leadership, evaluation, and leading instruction to increase access, rigor, and relevance.

During her tenure in Fairfax County, Dr. Jackson served as the Interim Director of the Office of Equity and Employee Relations, providing performance management guidance, support, and related resources for principals, administrators, and managers. She was a middle and high school principal, successfully implementing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) and International
Baccalaureate Programs. At the high school level, she successfully led and managed the implementation of multiple programs and processes that increased academic performance and yearly graduation rate to more than 97% resulting in the school's designation as a Virginia Board of Education School of Excellence, and designated as a Top 100 School in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine and US News and World Report's.

Dr. Jackson has led numerous professional workshops and seminars at local, national, and international conferences, institutes, and symposiums. She has published various works on evaluation models and transformational leadership.

She has served on numerous boards and is currently an active member of Learning Forward International, where she served as the President of the Board of Trustees. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Learning Forward Foundation, a graduate of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2011, a member of the Governing Board of Learning Forward Virginia, a Charter member of the Fairfax Association of Black School Educators (FABSE), and the Co-Founder of Black Women Educational Alliance DC Metro Chapter.

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