About Dr. Jennifer Moore

Dr. Jennifer Moore

When I was a classroom teacher, I received funding to purchase red physio balls to replace students' chairs. I thought it would help my fidgety fourth graders do some self-regulation and improve their focus. The idea didn't really go as planned...turns out that a roomful of squeaking balls can be even more distracting than fidgeting students!

But that was just one of my many experiments in helping to make school a place where everyone was excited to attend. And as time passed and I became a principal, I realized that my unique approach to working with schools was embodied in those red physio balls — they were a symbol that school was a safe space to experiment, learn and grow.

Over the course of my career, our students’ confidence in speaking up and trying new things was magnified by the freedom teachers felt to try out new ideas, too. The ripples of this freedom, helped by a democratic education ideal, extended beyond our school into the children’s families and communities.

I have found that by focusing on the well-being of children and adults in a school community, the conversation about how we do “schooling” changes dramatically — for the better. People start talking about their hopes and dreams for their children, and how their schools can support the realization of these goals. I’ve found that each school creates their own vision for how they want their students to thrive and I love helping schools to implement their visions.

I’ve worked as a teacher, coach, workshop leader, school consultant, director of curriculum, assistant principal and principal — and what I have learned, beyond the value of freedom and risk taking, is that the well-being of each child and adult is paramount to the well-being of the whole school and of the whole community... because in order for children to thrive, the adults need to be thriving as well.

That's what I strive for. That's what these programs are all about. And while I can't promise there won't be any squeaking red physio balls, I can tell you there will be more well-being.

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EDUCATION

Doctorate of Education in Organization Change; Pepperdine University; Malibu, CA; 2011
Master of Education in Educational Leadership; DePaul University; Chicago, IL; 2003
Master of Education in Urban Education Reform; Lesley College; Cambridge, MA; 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education & Family Studies; Hampshire College; Amherst, MA; 1993

CERTIFICATIONS

National Board Teacher Certification—Master Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy
Type 75 Illinois General Administrative Certificate
Type 03 Illinois Self-Contained General Education K-3

SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Adjunct Professor: Prepare teachers and school administrators to understand the importance of wellness in education. Work with schools in the U.S. and in China to further their professional development.
Principal: Ushered charter school from startup to “adolescence,” incorporating teacher development and democratic structures to model justice and relationship-building to a student body of future leaders.
Director of Teaching and Learning, Second Grade Hybrid Teacher, Fourth Grade Teacher, and Fifth Grade Teacher: With classroom as lab, co-created and refined curriculum, established professional development models for teachers, and invited collective future thinking through appreciative inquiry while nurturing existing learning environment.
Design Thinking Program Consultant: Recruited after founders visited my classroom and witnessed design thinking in action. Traveled to HQ in Bogota, Colombia. Helped structure after-school program that fostered design thinking and problem-solving.
Social-Emotional Consultant: Incorporated developmental awareness into organizational design and discipline. In parallel, advised on professional development and served as teacher coach, including National Board Teacher Certification preparation.
Adjunct Instructor: Shared graduate-level teaching methods in different elementary schools and in the graduate classroom. Helped 10+ schools achieve organizational and professional development goals.
Ninth Grade Summer School Teacher: Worked with incoming high school students on literacy. Prepared them tactically (with reading strategies) and emotionally for entry into high school. Collaborated with at-risk counselor to administer assessments and make remediation recommendations.
Assistant Principal, Literacy Coordinator, and Apprentice Principal: Conceived and served apprenticeship, completing rigorous National Board Certification in literacy that has informed curriculum and teacher development through subsequent teaching and teacher coaching career. Recruited to another school in support of remediating student performance.
Third Grade Teacher and Second Grade Teacher: Worked under skilled principal and co-teachers, developing novel and effective classroom management curriculum adopted school-wide. Brought tools to a new school in service of their commitment of the whole child in a 100% poverty community.
Science Materials Center Director: Took interim role to create science materials resource center for Orange County public and private schools, drawing on experience of setting up the same system in Cambridge, MA. Worked within budget constraints to design training and kits that would be checked out like library materials.
First Grade Teacher: Recruited to Cali, Colombia where there was a dearth of teachers due to civil war. Taught English to 27 students in bilingual school. Used inquiry instruction to teach English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Science Assessment and Projects Specialist, Project Manager: Contributed to school reform through curriculum initiative of National Science Foundation Teacher Enhancement Project. Initially hired as project manager and to support coaches, became thought partner for teachers in adding rigor to science curriculum.

CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS

- Co-leading the appreciative inquiry process focused on well being at Prairie Academy
- Conducted multiple sessions of teacher workshops in Beijing, China on innovation and education
- Providing coaching support for teachers and the head of school at Prairie Academy
- Facilitating a week long workshop on supporting struggling students at St. Patrick High School
- Provided STEAM teacher training for over 100 teachers in Beijing, China
- Presented at The Education and Development Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
- Facilitating workshops in assessment at Alphonsus Academy and Nazareth Academy
- Presented at ESSA 2018, Chicago, Illinois
- Presented at OCTELA 2018, Cleveland, Ohio
- Presented at IEA, Rosemont, Illinois
- Presented at ISCA, Springfield, Illinois
- Presented at EDxNYC 2018