Adrian J. (AJ) DeLeón is a first-generation college graduate whose passion to achieve equity and excellence for students has guided his professional career. In his work, AJ is always willing to learn new tactics and think of things differently to help students. His work has proven to him that by investing in leaders and promoting new ideas in organizations, sustainable change will occur.
As a student advocate in Chicago, AJ supported students and their college access goals by implementing a college readiness system and later, by developing a data-informed financial aid support system and other strategic postsecondary partnerships.
After serving in several strategic roles in Chicago Public Schools -- including as project manager, where he was responsible for designing, rolling out and evaluating an innovative system of teaching and learning which improved student achievement and college enrollment rates, especially in schools with predominantly low-income and minority students -- AJ decided to become an EP Fellow. He wanted to combine his skills in teaching, data analysis, change management, process engineering, and technology to accelerate student achievement.
- Data & Analysis
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) serves 400,000 students in over 600 schools. As a Fellow for the Far South Side K-12 network for CPS, AJ analyzed teacher and student data to help produce a new data-driven system of professional development and performance management for 36 schools. The system allowed leaders of the schools to better guide their staff toward results for students, and trained teachers to use data to inform instruction to better meet the needs of their students.
At CPS, AJ also trained school leaders of low- and high-performing schools to use analytics and strategic planning to ensure continuous improvement. As a result of his work, and his collaboration with coworkers and other data strategists in the district, the schools he worked with improved dramatically, including some achieving local and national recognition.
AJ currently advises a range of educators from principals and school systems leaders to his own organization’s CEO and CFO in his current position with CSC Consulting Group.
AJ was recognized as one of EP’s 10 EPic Alumni in 2016.