Crystal Jefferson serves as Chief of Talent and Culture for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In this role, she leads the district’s efforts to attract and retain outstanding teachers, principals, and central office staff.
Ms. Jefferson began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Rochester, New York and Fairfax County, Virginia, teaching middle and high school English. A teacher with a penchant for excellence and high expectations for all students, Ms. Jefferson was awarded the 1995 Golden Eagle Award for sustained superior efforts to equalize educational opportunities, increase achievement, and elevate respect for students of diverse racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds.
After her teaching career, Ms. Jefferson went to Albany, New York in 2004 to serve as Associate for Instructional Services for the New York State Education Department. In the Office of Early Education and Reading Initiatives, Ms. Jefferson supported the implementation and management of $75M annual grant funding to support K-3 reading initiatives in schools throughout the state. A major emphasis of her work was to collaborate with regional, state, and federal data centers to establish protocols for the collection and reporting of assessment data used to determine student achievement and growth. After four years of grant management and completion of her School District Administrator License, it was time to move on to either school-level or district-level leadership.
In June 2008, Ms. Jefferson joined DCPS as Licensure Administrator to develop and implement licensure policies and processes. In this role, she and her team worked closely with the Office of Federal Programs and Grants (formerly LEA Grants) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to ensure licensure and highly qualified compliance under No Child Left Behind. Four years later, in July 2012, Ms. Jefferson became Deputy Chief of Human Resources where she led 5 teams to continue the development of systems and protocols to deliver high-quality customer service.
Ms. Jefferson earned a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in English and philosophy from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College. She completed her school district administrator credentialing work at the State University of New York at Cortland.
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