Jill Harrison Berg is the Director of Leadership Support and Organizational Learning at Teachers21. In this capacity she directs the Massachusetts Turnaround Principals Network and the Boston Teacher Leadership Program; she provides leadership coaching and consulting support for school and district leaders who strive to create powerful, coordinated leadership systems that tap the leadership potential of teachers; and she leads the effort to strengthen Teachers21′s data routines, ensuring that the organization can share and build on what it is learning from its work in diverse schools and districts throughout the Commonwealth.
Dr. Berg began her career in the classroom, teaching elementary and middle grades in public, independent, and international school settings. Since leaving the classroom in 2001 to pursue a doctorate, Dr. Berg has been engaged in teaching teachers and leaders through various institutions of higher education and nonprofits, including the Boston Plan for Excellence where she founded the Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate Program in 2010. She has been an education consultant to several local, statewide and national agencies on issues of teaching quality including the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Research Council, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Dr. Berg has published several articles on the topics of teacher leadership, teaching quality and leadership development and is the author of Improving the Quality of Teaching through National Board Certification. She earned her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education while participating as a researcher with the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers. She also holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from Lesley University, and was one of the first teachers in this Commonwealth to become a National Board Certified Teacher (1998). She lives in Boston, where her husband is a second grade teacher and her two children attend public school.