Building interactive, differentiated classrooms grounded in rich curriculum and tasks
Dr. Jessica Hockett has been a full-time education consultant for 13 years, specializing in interactive and differentiated instruction, standards-aligned curriculum & performance task design, gifted education, classroom grouping practices, and program evaluation. Her work with over 100 schools, districts, & organizations has supported a wide range of initiatives centered on improving teacher and student learning.
She 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). Jessica 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 academic articles and book chapters, journal articles, news editorials, and education blog articles.
Jessica is an Instructor for the University of Virginia Curry School of Education Online Masters programs, teaching 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.) Prior to doctoral study, Jessica was a secondary teacher in both general education and gifted programs.
Jessica lives outside Chicago with her husband and two children. Their family interests include musical theatre and ice skating.
You can follow Jessica on Twitter (@jahockett), connect with her on LinkedIn, or reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.