Dr. Lionel Allen, Jr. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he teaches a signature pedagogy course on cycles of inquiry and co-leads the full-year residency course for aspiring school leaders. Lionel has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and chief academic officer. He is an education reform consultant, principal coach, and a frequently invited speaker. In 2005, Arne Duncan selected Lionel to become the first turnaround principal in Chicago Public Schools and Illinois. Under his leadership, the Sherman School of Excellence went from the second-worst performing school in Illinois to become a national model and a catalyst for future turnaround efforts across the country. He is also the founder of ed Leaders Matter, an organization designed to improve schools by focusing intently on leadership development. Lionel received his baccalaureate degree from Northwestern University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from UIC.
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