Ashley McCall serves as a 3rd grade bilingual English/Language Arts teacher at César Chávez Multicultural Arts Center on the south west side of Chicago and serves as a teacher representative on the Chávez Local School Council. Ashley is a part time Learning Designer of Justice curriculum with The Academy Group and also mentors resident teachers as a Clinical Instructor for The University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP). As a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow from fall 2016 to summer 2017, Ashley worked with Illinois teachers to elevate teacher voice in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), advocate for an equitable state funding formula (SB1947), and evaluate year one implementation of Senate Bill 1 (which eliminated zero tolerance policies in Illinois schools). Ashley was a lead author of the policy brief “From Zero to SB100: Teachers’ Views on Implementation of School Discipline Reform”, published March 2018 and now sits on the Teach Plus board. Ashley graduated from Amherst College in 2012 with a BA in Political Science and Spanish and received her MAT from Dominican University. She is a 2021 Golden Apple Award winner.
In partnership with her former collaborating teacher Lindsay Singer, Ashley incorporates social justice/civic engagement experiences throughout the school year as evidenced by their students’ 2021 digital activism magazine “Si Se Puede”, 2020 culminating activism unit project “Everyone Counts/Todos Cuentan” which educated peers and community members about the 2020 Census, and students’ 2019 culminating activism unit project “Say it Loud/Dilo Fuerte” which seeks to rewrite students’ neighborhood narrative, and 2018 school wide rally for world education which educated peers and raised $500+ for UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box.
Recent publications and features include Go on Offense in Education Week and We Don’t Just Teach Our Students History; We Teach Them How To Make History in Chicago Unheard. You can follow Ashley on Twitter @ashlm_12 and subscribe to Ms. McCall’s Musings.