Dr. Jessica Hockett has been in education for 20 years, first as middle school teacher and then as a full-time consultant and author with expertise in differentiated instruction, standards-aligned curriculum & performance task design, Understanding by Design, gifted education, classroom grouping practices, and program evaluation. Her work with over 125 schools, districts, & organizations in the past 13 years has supported a wide range of initiatives centered on improving teacher and student learning.
Jessica is the co-author (with Kristina Doubet) of Differentiation in Middle & High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners and Differentiation in the Elementary Grades: Strategies to Engage & Equip All Learners (ASCD). She also co-authored Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools with Chester E. Finn, Jr., a big-picture look at a high-performing, little-studied niche of American education. Her other publications include handbooks, journal articles, book chapters, news editorials, and education blog articles.
As an Instructor for the University of Virginia Curry School of Education Online Masters programs, Jessica taught graduate courses in Differentiated Instruction, Assessment, and Creativity & Problem Solving. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia (PhD), University of Connecticut (M.A.), & National-Louis University (M.A.T.), and Columbia College Chicago (B.A.)
Jessica lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children. Their family interests include theatre, ice skating, and Disney theme parks.
You can connect with Jessica on LinkedIn, or reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.