Mary Jane Morris Co-Executive Director

Mary Jane Morris serves as Co-Executive Director of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). Along with Jo Anderson, she oversees all aspects of the organization in order to promote collaborative labor-management relationships to systemically reform school districts and schools. Morris also serves as project oversight and management for the Illinois Performance Evaluation Training “Growth Through Learning”, an online “on demand” pre-qualification evaluator training program. The Illinois program qualified over 14,000 evaluators during 2012-2013.

Morris has an extensive career in education beginning as a high school chemistry/advanced placement teacher. She spent the next two decades providing high quality instruction to students emphasizing their ability to be college and career ready. As a teacher leader, she became involved in educational reform initiatives statewide and served on the Illinois State Certification Board. Morris, a National Board Certified Teacher, continues to advocate for teacher leadership programs and accountability.

Morris joined the Illinois Education Association (IEA) in 2004, where she began her work as an advocate for member rights, collective bargaining and labor relations. Morris provided training and support for labor-management collaboration and interest based bargaining. Later, she served as a statewide organizer for IEA’s school funding reform campaign concentrating on fair funding for all. Moving into the position as Instructional Resource and Professional Development Director, Morris designed and delivered training for the organization’s staff and members focusing on educational initiatives impacting it’s 100,000 plus members. Her skills lie in collaboration, labor relations, mentoring/instructional coaching, curriculum design and facilitation with a focus on the development of administrator and teacher leadership skills.

Mary Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and post-graduate studies in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University.

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