Jacy Ippolito is an assistant professor in the Adolescent Education and Leadership Department in the School of Education at Salem State University, Salem MA. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of adolescent literacy, literacy coaching, teacher leadership, and school reform. Jacy is specifically interested in the roles that teacher leaders, principals, and literacy coaches play in helping institute and maintain instructional change at middle and high school levels. After completing his doctorate in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Jacy has taught courses on adolescent literacy, school reform, teacher leadership, and literacy coaching at Salem State and at HGSE. Jacy’s writing has appeared most recently in the books Adolescent Literacy (2012), Best Practices of Literacy Leaders (2012) and Essential Questions in Adolescent Literacy (2009), as well as in journals and online publications such as The Elementary School Journal (2010), Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s CEDER Yearbook (2010), the Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse (2009), the Massachusetts Reading Association’s Primer (2009; 2005), the Harvard Educational Review‘s Special Issue on Adolescent Literacy (2008), and the International Reading Association’s Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches (2006).
Jacy continues to consult in Boston-area K-12 schools as a licensed reading specialist and literacy coach. Jacy taught in the Cambridge Public Schools for over seven years after earning his master’s degree in education from HGSE and his bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Delaware’s Honors Program.