Anderson & Anderson

Jo andersonYesterday it was formally announced that Jo Anderson, former head of

the Illinois Education Association, would join the Duncan team in DC

(pictured right, see announcement below).

What wasn't announced is that Anderson's son, Josh, is the ED of Teach For America Chicago. (This I know thanks to a friend of the site who clued me in. Thanks!)

Congrats, condolences to the Andersons.

I've written about other cross-generation education families before (Dynasties In The Making) -- Haycocks, Edelmans, etc. -- but if there are other prominent examples please let me know.

Secretary Duncan Announces Appointment of Jo Anderson Jr. as Senior Advisor


March 12, 2009

Contact: John McGrath or

Sandra Abrevaya

(202) 401-1576

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the

appointment of Jo Anderson Jr. as senior advisor to the department,

where he will conduct outreach to teachers and teacher organizations.

"Jo Anderson has spent many years as an effective advocate for

teachers and a strong champion of school improvement," Duncan said.

"His outstanding leadership abilities and partnering skills will be a

real asset as we look to collaborate with teachers on our reform

initiatives. I am honored to have Jo on my team."

Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois

Education Association (IEA-NEA). Before assuming that post in 2005, he

held a variety of other positions with IEA-NEA, working on a range of

issues from school restructuring to professional development. In 1995,

Anderson founded the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) to

facilitate school restructuring and reform efforts throughout Illinois.

He also held posts with the Industrial Areas Foundation and the

National Consumers Union and was a university instructor in philosophy

and political science.


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