July 13, 2020

Podcast | Episode 9 | Dr. Thelma Jackson on ‘opt-out’ in Seattle

rts150x150RTS – “Recent news coverage shows that Seattle is a hotbed for anti-testing sentiment. This is underscored by a recent press conference held by the president of the NAACP and local educators. We talk with Dr. Thelma jackson about the testing opt-out movement in Seattle, its implications, and the actors who are driving it. As an educator, former school board members, and leader of the Black Strategy Roundtable’s education effort Dr. Jackson schools us on local and national education politics.”

Posted Monday, May 4th 2015 @ 5pm


Topic: Testing and civil wrongs

dtjacksonOUR GUEST: Dr. Thelma A. Jackson is owner of Foresight Consultants, bringing over 30 years of experience in education change initiatives, restructuring and reform, equity and diversity, policy making, school boardsmanship, cultural competency, community mobilization, strategic planning, educational auditing, school improvement, systemic change, curriculum evaluation for bias and fairness, professional development, and educational transformation.  Dr. Jackson served on Task Forces and Advisory Councils for five Governors of the State of Washington, including the Governor’s Council on Education Reform and Funding (G-CERF), which resulted in the state’s education reform law. Thelma served on the Advisory Council for the Implementation of HB 2722, the legislation dealing with “Closing the Achievement Gap for African American Students” in the state.

Dr. Jackson has served in numerous leadership capacities over the years, such as President of the Washington State School Directors’ Association; for 20 years was a Member and five-time President of the North Thurston School Board; as Chair of the State Advisory Council on Vocational Education; as Chairperson of the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board; as Chair of the Commission on African American Affairs; and as President of the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College, where she later taught as an Adjunct Faculty in Urban Education.  Dr. Jackson has participated as an education panelist, seminar leader, facilitator, workshop presenter, and keynote speaker at more than 175 education-related events during her career.

Thelma is the Immediate Past President of the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators, currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable, is a member of the Board of the League of Education Voters, and a life member of the NAACP. The Northwest Institute for Leadership and Change is the non-profit organization founded by her. She continues to be a visionary and respected community leader in the state of Washington, as well as a Mentor to many outstanding and talented individuals.

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