IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for Teachers of Color in Boys’ Schools



Jack PannellJack Johnson Pannell

Jack Pannell is the founder and president of the Five Smooth Stones Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of a generation of boys deserving the finest education possible. He founded Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys (United States) with a mission to become a national model for the education of Black and Brown boys everywhere. The school has nearly tripled in size within five years, with state test scores that consistently outpace the school district. With 485 boys, Baltimore Collegiate is the first college-prep public charter school of its kind in Baltimore, with a unique focus on college-prep education during the critical developmental stages of the elementary and middle school years.

Nontraditional educator Pannell established Baltimore Collegiate through an intensive self-funded study of nearly 50 schools, adopting and adapting the best practices for moving the needle on the urban male learner. He previously held several positions in politics and government, including serving as the communications director for the late civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Pannell also led the largest charter school network in Maryland for one year before launching Baltimore Collegiate. A graduate of Amherst College and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, he is an IBSC trustee. Pannell also wrote a semi-biographical, coming-of-age novel, Lunch Money Can’t Shoot, with an old friend, Michael Levin.