Jeff is Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of OneGoal, an innovative, three-year college completion program that identifies, trains and supports our nation’s most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. At the beginning of his tenure with OneGoal, Jeff developed the organization’s first five-year strategic plan, restructured the program model, and expanded the funding base 15 times over. In addition, author Paul Tough includes a substantial profile of Jeff and OneGoal in his recent bestseller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Jeff began his career as a Teach For America corps member at O’Keeffe Elementary in Chicago. During his tenure at O’Keeffe, Jeff led his sixth graders to an average of two years’ growth in math. He also co-founded the school’s student council, raised money to send the council on a five-day trip to Washington D.C. to meet then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and coached the football team to a city championship. After completing his two-year commitment, Jeff served as a Teach For America Corps Member Advisor at the Philadelphia Training Institute and was awarded the 2006 Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Chicago Region. Jeff is also the recipient of Teach For America’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Community Renewal Society’s 35 under 35 Award, and the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, as part of the inaugural 2011 Chicago Ideas Week. Jeff graduated from the University of Michigan with Phi Beta Kappa honors, earned his MA in teaching from Dominican University, and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Social innovation and enterprise are core to the work of the Teach For All network, and represent a growing sector across the world. In fact, one in eight Teach For All network alumni pursue careers in this sector. In this session, we’ll debate the effectiveness of social innovation compared to other strategies for social change by talking with three impact-driven entrepreneurs. Pablo Jaramillo has been involved in founding multiple social enterprises in Colombia, most recently Enseña por Colombia.
Continuing the tradition we began last year in Mexico, we’ll spend a fast-paced hour learning about some of the breakthroughs that network partners have pioneered this year.
Host: Dzameer Dzulkifli