Carol Ann Jago

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Carol Ann Jago
BornJoliet, Illinois, USA
💼 Occupation
Teacher, Author, Editor, Speaker
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Carol Jago is an American English teacher, author, and past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2016, Jago received the CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.[1][better source needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Jago was born outside of Chicago to John J. Crosetto and Mary Giacchino, both of Italian descent. She was educated at St. Louis University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, (B.A., English, 1973) and the University of Southern California (M.A., Education, 1974).


Jago worked in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District from 1974 to 2006, serving as a mentor teacher and for two terms as Chair of the English department at Santa Monica High School.

She continues as Associate Director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA (since 1991), as editor of California English (since 1996) and has served on several committees and commissions for the National Council of Teachers of English.

Jago is an author on the HMH Collections program for English Language Arts grades 6-12 as well as a consultant for the HMH Journeys program. Her writing has been published in several newspapers and periodicals, including The Los Angeles Times, where she was an education columnist and op-ed page contributor. In professional venues she has been published in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, American Educator, English Journal, Voices in the Middle, and Education Week.

Jago is a speaker with Heinemann Speakers. She has been actively engaged in continuing education, making presentations at conferences and to groups of English teachers. Her portfolio includes presentations on issues of critical importance: teaching writing, developing academic literacy, vocabulary instruction, secondary reading skills, and working with English language learners.

Jago often works with schools and districts to craft professional development programs that both meet local needs and are standards-aligned. She served on content advisory committees for the California Standardized Testing and Reporting program as well as the California High School Exit Exam. She was a member of the California Framework committee and helped to compile the California Recommended Reading List. She is also chair of the College Board's English Academic Advisory Committee. She is the author of "The Role of Literature in the Common Core," Appendix A of the 2015 California ELA/ELD Framework.

Jago is a member of the NAEP 2009 Reading Framework planning committee and the NAEP 2011 Writing Framework planning committee.

Awards and honors[edit]

Jago was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English “Teacher of Excellence Award” in 2006 and an International Literacy Association Thought Leader Award in 2015.[citation needed]


  1. "CEL Exemplary Leadership Award". CATE. CATE. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2020.

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