Dr. Jessica Spallino is a native of Southern California. She grew up in a working class household as the fourth of five children. At an early age, she developed a keen interest in fairness, and looking out for those who needed a little extra help. K-12 education was a natural fit for her. Jessica worked hard after high school – sometimes working three jobs – and put herself through college first for her Bachelors Degree, then a Master’s, and finally a PhD, all while raising a daughter. During her Master’s and Doctorate degrees she was also busy launching new schools, including her latest venture, Method Schools, a public charter school network based in Southern California but poised to expand. Jessica has worked as a consultant for traditional public schools, charter schools, and as a curriculum consultant and account manager for a worldwide curriculum company. Today, Jessica has a demonstrated track record of building schools that are forward-thinking, high-performing, and often unconventional. She is particularly experienced at building online and blended learning charter schools, and has a passion for improving K-12 education through new and innovative models and concepts. She’s regularly asked to speak on change management and building positive and innovative cultures in schools and in the workplace. Jessica holds a BA in English, an MA in Educational Leadership, and holds PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University.

Recent Posts By Dr. Jessica Spallino:

Focus on Project Based Learning: Evolving Pedagogy in Education

Jan 25, 2017 3:22:24 PM

Project Based Learning is a well-established teaching method currently used in all types of classrooms today. It challenges the traditional ...

How Character Education Helps Kids Learn and Develop

Jan 23, 2017 1:49:32 PM

Education isn't only about learning subjects such as math, English, and science. A more comprehensive definition of education addresses the ...

Evolving Pedagogy in Education Part 1: Focus on Personalized Learning

Jan 19, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Evolving Pedagogy in Education Part 1: Focus on Personalized Learning Personalized Learning has been a highly used term in education for sev...

How to Select the Right Charter School for Your Child

Nov 15, 2016 10:31:16 AM

My daughter attended charter schools throughout her entire education, grades K-12th, as I was looking for something different than her assig...

Online Summer School: High School Summer Programs Evolved

Nov 8, 2016 3:18:18 PM

Back in the 80’s… Back in the day when I was a high school student, summer school was assigned punitively and was strictly for students who ...

Character Education Through Project Based Learning

Nov 3, 2016 10:04:35 AM

I used to think that character education was nonsense. I’ve seen it implemented in throughout my years in education and wondered what studen...

The Emerging Doctrine of Schoolism

Oct 28, 2016 7:37:36 AM

  Today’s educational landscape is as diverse as ever and as new schools continue to emerge, so does the push against the traditional notion...

Same Goals: School Districts And Charter Schools Can Get Along

Oct 13, 2016 8:50:45 AM

Years ago during one of the first course meetings of my administrative credential program, the professor discussed the importance of relatio...

Does Class Size Impact Student Achievement?

Sep 28, 2016 9:45:00 AM

How to Make California’s Homeschooling Programs Better

Sep 21, 2016 2:30:38 PM

Homeschooling is not new to education. There are homeschooling program options throughout California that have served students on a smaller ...

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