Jacqueline “Jay Cali” JacksonEducation / Communication Consultant Former NYC DOE Special Education Instructor
Jacqueline “Jay Cali” Jackson is an education and communication consultant from South Central Los Angeles with a passion for societal and educational equity for youth from marginally oppressed (disadvantaged) backgrounds. She uses her knowledge of both the education and communication professions to cultivate engaging K-12 curriculums and presentations while also providing professional development for educators, administrators, and corporations invested in social justice through her company JayCaliPR (www.JayCaliPR.com).
Over the past 10 years, she has earned multiple degrees in the communication and journalism fields while also participating in several social justice initiatives or organizations in the entertainment, non-profit, television, and digital industries. She holds an associate and a bachelor’s 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’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism along with a graduate certificate in business fundamentals from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
While at USC she joined a host of organizations committed to racial and social equality including AmeriCorps, the Los Angeles Urban League, and the T. Howard Foundation. She also co-founded SOLID ( Students Organizing for Literacy, Inclusion, & Diversity) USC which focused on building stronger community relationships with the university. Jacqueline’s growth as an academic advocate is largely tied to the various writing and editing positions she’s held over the years. At UCSD, Jacqueline was the co-editor and chief of The Collective Voice, while at USC she became the executive producer and managing editor for the online digital publication Neon Tommy sponsored by Annenberg Digital News. In 2014, she became a Teach for America corps member and while receiving a second masters in teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York she participated in the following programs: Critically Conscious Educators Rising series (CCER), Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora (CREAD), Woke Cypha (a program focused on Hip-Hop education) and the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) which provided an opportunity for her to both works with and create professional development teams to form culturally relevant educational environments while she worked as an educator in the South Bronx until 2018.
As of 2020, Jacqueline is a critical scholar committed to ensuring educational and societal equality for students from disadvantaged backgrounds through research on education, media, Hip-Hop, and gentrification. Her work is inspired by a host of current scholars, elders, and ancestors such as Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, bell hooks, Dr. Christopher Emdin, and S. Khalilah Brann the founder of Cultural Responsive Educators of the Afrikan Diaspora Founder. Currently, she is looking to not only write on her research interests but also further engage across academic and
New York City Department of Education
Best Practices Manual – CREATES (Culturally Responsive Environments Attaining Transformative Equitable Solutions)
University of Southern California
YouTube: Who Will Decide The Fate of the Black Men – Sponsored By: USC School of Social Work, SOLID (Students, Organizing for Literacy, Inclusion & Diversity)
Keywords: Teacher workforce, Racial justice, Public education, Community schools, School funding, Culturally Responsive Education, Critical media literacy