Jim Schwartz

Transformation Manager

Jim Schwartz is a Transformation Manager with the UChicago Network for College Success (NCS). In this role, Jim coaches school leaders to create transformative school environments for Black and Brown students and supports other NCS coaches to do the same.
Prior to joining NCS, Jim was the Principal of the Al Raby School for Community and Environment, a small Chicago public high school focused on college preparation and both community and environmental activism. Jim led the school in enhancing its systems of instruction and student supports so that students were ready for, enrolled in and successful during college. In this work, Jim and the school partnered with NCS to develop an Instructional Leadership Team, build teacher capacity, and create a college-going culture. Before the principalship, Jim served as the Assistant Principal and a teacher leader at Al Raby and was a member of the school’s founding team.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University, and a Type 75 certificate from Northeastern Illinois University. Jim also taught at South Shore High School and served as an administrator in Schaumburg elementary schools.