Jacqueline “Jay Cali” Jackson

Jacqueline “Jay Cali” Jackson

Doctoral Student, Howard University Former NYC DOE Special Education Instructor

Jacqueline “Jay Cali” Jackson was born in Inglewood, CA and raised throughout South Central Los Angeles. She holds an associates and bachelors in communication from Santa Monica College and the University of California San Diego. In 2013, she also received an MA in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California.

In 2014, she became a Teach for America corps member and after receiving a second masters in teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education she participated in the Critically Conscious Educators Rising series (CCER), Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora (CREAD), and acted as a liaison for her school community through Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) programs which focus on decolonizing education to create culturally responsive learning environments.

In her marathon story, 2019 marks the completion of her first lap as a doctoral student at Howard University studying Communication, Culture and Media Studies (CCMS).

She is a critical scholar committed to ensuring educational and societal equality for students from disadvantaged backgrounds through research on culturally responsive teaching, critical media literacy, narratives of Hip-Hop through mixtapes, and gentrification.

Keywords: Teacher workforce, Racial justice, Public education, Community schools, School funding, Culturally Responsive Education, Critical media literacy