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Shelley Jallow

As Senior Director of School Improvement in the Learning Innovations Program, Shelley Jallow oversees WestEd’s school improvement work with states and local education agencies and schools.

Jallow is driven by the belief that a quality education is every child’s right and that education is the most powerful lever for improving outcomes for children, families, and communities. She brings to WestEd over 30 years of experience in successfully leading school improvement efforts at the state, district, and school level.

Prior to joining WestEd, Jallow supervised, coached, and mentored school and district leaders in school districts throughout New Jersey, representing low-performing elementary, middle, and high schools. Her work resulted in a state designation change from Priority Schools to Schools in Good Standing.

Jallow successfully opened and managed charter schools in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. She’s presented at school, county, and state board meetings, board committee meetings, and board retreats during her tenure in eight high-needs school districts and had direct oversight for planning and opening new schools in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Jallow has served as a mathematics teacher, mathematics director, director of curriculum and instruction, chief academic officer, founding principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent.

She earned her doctorate in education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.