Building interactive, differentiated classrooms grounded in rich curriculum and tasks
I strive to empower teachers to become the next “version” of themselves as professionals by balancing the pressing need for significant shifts with feasible, practical upgrades to curriculum, assessment, and instruction. I believe that the change process is more iterative than linear and that there are many paths to continuous improvement.
Jessica tailors workshops to the area of focus, client needs, audience type & size, and venue. Teachers experience the principles and practices of the topic through a range of modeled strategies and techniques. Lecture is limited and participants engage in rich collegial conversations activities.
Example topics include:
Jessica's Design Work includes a range of projects in curriculum, differentiation, professional development, & online learning. For work related to Understanding by Design, she contracts through Jay McTighe & Associates.
Example projects include:
Jessica is well-versed in Lesson Study, a practice from Japan that involves teachers systematically and collaboratively working to plan, implement, discuss, and refine lessons.
Example district- or school-level work includes
Jessica's dissertation research The Influence of Lesson Study on How Teachers Plan For, Implement, and Understand Differentiated Instruction was awarded the 2010 Curry School of Education Bruce Gansneder Award for Excellence in Qualitative Methodology.
Jessica conducts evaluations using a team approach. She enlists talented colleagues with complementary areas of expertise that are best-suited to the evaluation goals.