Jackie Wilson has been advocating for state policy that supports standards, training, and improved working conditions for school leaders for 20 years. She has over 40 years of experience in education including teaching, reading specialist, assistant principal and principal, Director of Professional Accountability at the Delaware Department of Education, and serving as faculty at the University of Delaware. She was elected Delaware’s National Distinguished Elementary School Principal (NAESP 2002) and a USDOE National Blue Ribbon School Principal (2001).
Dr. Wilson is the Executive Director of the National Policy Board for Educational Leadership. NPBEA is a national alliance of major membership organizations committed to the advancement of school and school-system leadership. Member organizations represent the educational administration profession and collaborate to improve the preparation and practice of educational leaders at all levels. Member organizations include the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Dr. Wilson co-chaired the national standards redesign committee that developed the Professional Standards for School Leadership and has been engaged nationally in the redesign of principal preparation programs aligned to the PSEL/NELP standards.
Dr. Wilson is an assistant professor in the School of Education where she teaches and advises graduate students. She has served as the Director of the Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL), a professional development, research and policy center in the College of Education and Human Development at the University since 2010. In 2015-2017 she led the merger of three professional development centers and designed a comprehensive model of professional development that includes content and leadership coaching and professional learning for teachers and principals. In her role at DASL, Dr. Wilson leads a team of leadership specialists providing professional development and coaching support to education leaders.