Edgility Consulting is excited to announce the placement of Tauheeda Baker Jones as the Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer at Atlanta Public Schools.
Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer, Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is a school district based in Atlanta, Georgia. It is run by the Atlanta Board of Education with Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring. The system has an active enrollment of 51,551 students, attending a total of 91 school sites. As data indicates, APS has some work to do with regard to addressing inequities in all areas of district functioning, including academic performance, culture and climate, talent management, stakeholder engagement, operations, and finance.
Baker-Jones will focus on data-driven results, relentlessly pursuing the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student gains, with a focus on creating programs and policies that support historically underserved students.
Baker-Jones has an extensive background in equity and urban education. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Education and Social Justice Pedagogy from UCLA. She worked as a classroom teacher in the Newark Public Schools. Here she was asked to re-write the district’s K-12 social studies curriculum to infuse more culturally responsive content, served as a founding principal, and later area superintendent, of a social justice-themed high school. In her most recent roles, she served as an adjunct professor and teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she taught a course on diverse learners, supported the development and instruction of a course on equity in action in school systems, and serves on President Lawrence Bacows’ Diversity, Inclusion and Belongingness Strategic Planning Advisory Council.
In each of these roles, Ms. Baker-Jones has led with distinction. Her work in education equity and social justice has been featured in the New York Times and on the CBS Early Show. She has also received numerous awards and recognitions. Including a recognition by President Barack Obama as a White House Community Leader in Education and her selection as the 2020 recipient of the Harvard University Afolabi Award for Commitment to Educational Justice.
Baker-Jones completed her general studies at Howard University and earned a bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in near-Eastern languages and culture from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also earned a master’s degree in urban education and social justice pedagogy from UCLA, and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Rutgers University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in education leadership at Harvard University.
Related to this role, Tauheedah said, “I appreciated how Edgility kept equity at the forefront of the entire screening process. It gave me confidence that I was stepping into a role and into an organization committed to doing the real work of systemic change. Edgility also offered great executive coaching throughout the process on how I could best highlight my talents, achievements, and impact to ensure that I was presenting my value add to the organization.“