Alan Mather oversee five departments, each of which is linked to a student's college and career success.
The Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising: OSCPA focuses on k - 12 guidance counselors as well as postsecondary advisers and supports, helping students to and through college, including our large undocumented population.
The Office of Early College and Career Education: ECCE oversees all CTE (Career Technical Education) programming, as well as Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit courses for students to earn college credits while in high school.
The Office of Social and Emotional Learning: OSEL works with diverse partners to create healthful climates in schools through student and adult coaching and programming, restorative practices that result in reduced suspensions and expulsion, reduction in teen pregnancy, and trauma supports.
The Office of Student Support and Engagement: OSEL serves many of our most vulnerable students, ensuring access and support for our Students in Temporary Living Situations, re-engaging students who have dropped out through our SOAR Centers, and engaging district-lead neighborhood schools through the Community Schools programming.
The Office of STEM Schools and Strategic Partnerships: OSSP oversees and manages our five Early College STEM Schools (ECSS), each of which has a strategic corporate partner and is partnered with one of Chicago's City Colleges (CCC), providing students a path forward in IT and CS through an free Associates Degree.
The Higher Education Compact is managed in the Chief Office. The Compact works with 22 Illinois colleges and universities to support Chicago Public School students to be successful after arriving at college campuses.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Janice K. Jackson, a recognized leader in the field of urban education, was named Chief Education Officer (CEdO) for Chicago Public Schools in July 2015. A self-described progressive educator, she believes that high expectations and equally high levels of support must be provided to all children. In her role as Chief Education Officer, Dr. Jackson leads the entire academic arm of CPS, which includes 660 schools in 13 Networks, and is the third largest school district in the country.
Prior to her current role as Chief Education Officer, Dr. Jackson led Network 9 - one of the CPS’ 13 school zones - which includes 26 schools and serves 14,000 students. In this capacity, she provided principals with supervision and guidance on strengthening students’ academic foundations. Dr. Jackson began her CPS career as a Social Studies teacher at South Shore High School. After 5 years in the classroom, Dr. Jackson led the Al Raby School for Community and Environment, which became one of the District’s most successful neighborhood high schools, with a graduation rate of over 80 percent and higher than expected college enrollment. After five years as Principal of Raby HS, Dr. Jackson was chosen to lead the new George Westinghouse College Prep High School. She opened this diverse west side high school with amazing speed, and its success has been recognized nationally, due in part to a thriving world language program and partnerships like the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program, which give promising students interested in the medical profession a chance to study with the outstanding physicians and researchers of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Jackson holds a BA in secondary education and an MA in history from Chicago State University and an MA in leadership and administration and a PhD in education policy studies and urban school leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Former Chief Officer, Office of College and Career Success and Current President of the Golden Apple Foundation.