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Jason Dougal has spent the past 15 years working with NCEE to improve the American education system for all students. He has helped lead systemic education reform efforts from America’s Choice—a comprehensive school reform model that was used in thousands of schools nationwide serving over 2 million students— to The National Institute for School Leadership—the largest executive development program for school leaders in the nation. Currently, as President & COO of NCEE, he oversees the organization’s operations at the state and district levels in over 40 states. He serves as a policy advisor to state departments of education and state legislatures and facilitates NCEE’s Superintendents Alliance and Urban Superintendents Alliance. He oversees NCEE’s international benchmarking research and the development and delivery of its district-level system design consulting and executive development program (NISL). Dougal has been a keynote speaker and expert panelist in multiple forums on educational leadership, high-performing system design, and education policy across the country, including providing expert testimony for federal legislative committees and state legislatures.

Under Dougal’s leadership, NCEE has received multiple federal and foundation grants, including a USDOE Investing In Innovations (i3) award of $13.2 million and a Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant of $10.9 million to test NISL and aligned coaching models. The evaluation of the results of those and other grants of the NISL program have shown statistically significant improvement in student achievement and improved teacher and school leadership practices in multiple states.

Before beginning his career in education, Dougal was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP representing Fortune 500 companies in all manner of corporate, securities and merger & acquisition transactions.