Background: Anson Jackson is the academic strategy senior adviser at Bellwether Education Partners. Anson has committed over 17 years in the field of education focused on educational excellence for all students. As a district and school leader, he has done extensive work in the areas of innovative school design, school turnaround, and leadership development.
Anson most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Schools at Uplift Education in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In this role, he oversaw 22 middle and high schools as they navigated teaching and learning through the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to being Deputy Chief of Schools, he led Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area as the Superintendent from 2018-2020. At Summit, he played an integral role in leader development and in the design of the network’s goal-setting framework built through the lens of equity. He worked in partnership with the schools team, the curriculum team, and the analytics team to ensure Summit’s personalized learning model positively impacted the diverse student populations across the Bay area and the Seattle-Tacoma area. Before leading Summit Public Schools, he was a managing director at Uplift Education from 2015-2018 where he managed and coached a cohort of middle school principals serving over 4,000 students. He set the vision for leader development for 10 middle school leadership teams, oversaw schools implementing the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program, and worked extensively to improve middle school math instruction by partnering with the George Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters program.
Anson has an excellent track record of being a school leader and developing deans and principals. From 2011-2014 he led Uplift Summit International Preparatory for three years, and Uplift Mighty Preparatory from 2014-2015. The Texas Education Agency recognized Summit as a Title 1 Reward school, one of 11 schools in the state that achieved high academic results for all student groups. Anson also managed Summit Middle School through the International Baccalaureate MYP authorization process in 2013.
Before entering leadership, Anson worked to close the achievement gap as a math teacher and math interventionist. From 2006-2011 he worked at KIPP TRUTH Academy and Grand Prairie in the Dallas area. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2004, he joined Teach for America as a math teacher in the Rio Grande Valley region. He earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy in 2011 from Southern Methodist University. He currently lives in Arlington, TX.
Why I do this work: I firmly believe that a high quality education is a right for all children. It is unacceptable that many of our young people historically have not been provided this right based on circumstance, societal inequities or race. I hope my work at Bellwether supporting districts, networks, and school systems will move our country closer to making a high quality education a reality for all children.