Jen Cheatham

Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District

Dr. Jennifer Cheatham is the superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Jennifer’s focus is on systemic improvement in urban school districts. Her expertise lies in developing instructional alignment and coherence at every level of a school system aimed at achieving breakthrough results in student learning. Most recently, Jennifer was the Chief of Instruction for Chicago Public Schools. In that role, she led the central office education team in its efforts to support Networks and schools on instructional improvement. She brought to this role a depth of experience in school system reform. She worked as a Chief Area Officer for Chicago Public Schools, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for San Diego City Schools, and a coach and professional developer for the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC). Before joining BASRC, she led a multi-year initiative aimed at improving academic literacy for middle and high school students. She began her career as an 8th grade English teacher. Education: Ed.D., Harvard University; Ed.M., Harvard University; M.A. in Education, University of Michigan; B.A. in English, DePaul University, Chicago.

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