Anthony Jackson is in his 4th year as principal at Hillcrest Drive Elementary School and Music Magnet in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Previously he was principal at Aspire Slauson Academy, a K-6 charter school in Los Angeles, and was a founder and co-director of Culture and Language Academy of Success in Los Angeles, a renowned charter school committed to educating underserved students using culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.
Mr. Jackson began his career teaching 2nd through 6th grade students for 10 years at 99th Street Accelerated School in Watts. He then went on to serve as Elementary Literacy Coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, where he oversaw the implementation of the District’s Open Court reading program in one of the LAUSD’s sub-districts. Prior to that he was a Standard English Language Learners Specialist for the district’s Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP). He also served four years as an instructional adviser to AEMP, formerly known as the Language Development Program for African American Students.
He has been an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills, teaching aspiring school administrators in the Charter and Autonomous School Leaders Academy (CASLA). He was also adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College, teaching a course in sociolinguistics for educators.
His insights regarding the education of our youth have been shared in a variety of media including The Disney Channel, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Accelerated Schools Resource Guide (published by Stanford University's Accelerated Schools Project), 60 Minutes, Education Week, Teacher Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and continued his graduate studies in education at University of California, Riverside and California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he received a master’s degree in Educational Administration. He is currently a doctoral student at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education.