Jay Whalen

Jay Whalen

Director, Authorizer & School Quality

Jay works on the Authorizer Learning and Development team developing resources, guidance, and learning experiences to meaningfully support authorizers and impact their practices. He also facilitates the cultivation and dissemination of best practices for quality school evaluation.

Prior to joining NACSA, Jay supported authorizing work and led the implementation of the Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Before that, he served as Deputy Director of Charter Schools for the Tennessee State Board of Education and as a data analyst for the KIPP Nashville charter school network.

Jay is currently pursuing his master’s in public administration at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History from the University of Rhode Island.

Jay’s professional background has included working with students, schools, and communities most at risk of educational inequity. He believes deeply that all students can achieve at high levels, and it is incumbent upon all leaders, at all levels, to examine, implement, and evaluate programs and systems that work for every child.

As a former college decathlete, avid runner, and cyclist, Jay has completed multiple triathlons including a half-ironman, but now spends most of his time running after his daughter.

Most Recent Posts
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Are Authorizers Missing Opportunities to Approve Excellent Schools? 
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