Jessica Juliuson specializes in supporting districts and schools in making systemic changes to ensure students acquire the skills and knowledge to thrive in a 21st century economy and to be effective participants in a democratic society. To this work she brings more than 20 years of experience in advancing innovations in instructional design and teacher development that enhance students’ learning, improve their academic achievement, and prepare them for college and careers.
As a professional developer, Juliuson plays a key role in the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) initiative’s efforts to transform teaching and learning, the high school experience, and business and civic engagement. As a member of Ford NGL’s National Leadership Team supporting a national network of Ford NGL communities, she strengthens collaboration between schools and local communities and industries as one of the lead developers and facilitators of Community Connected Learning.
With EDC’s Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change (DLSC) team, Juliuson provides assistance to DLSC districts using a networked improvement community approach to deepen and scale student-centered learning. She also co-developed a curriculum to support scaling up effective practices in high schools as a member of the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools.
Juliuson’s work focuses on empowering educators to be agents of change in their schools and communities. She is developing and managing a pilot international teacher recognition project for the Amgen Foundation’s ABE Program Office at EDC. Juliuson serves as a member of a national professional development planning team for the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC), with the goal of facilitating adult learning using user-centered design principles and processes. As the lead writer for the Law and Justice program, Juliuson co-developed an innovative curriculum that engages and empowers students through authentic projects based on issues of power, fairness, and equity. Recently, Juliuson co-authored the EDC publication In Support of Educators: Strategies That Work. She is a member of the National School Reform Faculty and a trained Critical Friends Group coach.
Juliuson believes in the power of partnerships to advance systemic changes in education. She has collaborated with ConnectEd California, the California Department of Education, the California State Bar Association, Calamari Educational Productions, Vanderbilt University, and the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida. She has also worked with Philadelphia Academies, Inc. to support the development and sustainability of wall-to-wall academies in Philadelphia, and is a co-developer of the Innovators’ Institute, a unique fellowship model for Philadelphia partners to collaborate across organizations for youth empowerment.
Prior to joining EDC, Juliuson worked as a whole school change coach in the Boston Public Schools. As a consultant for several other large urban school districts, she partnered with leaders and educators to align curriculum, build professional learning communities, support the use of data to improve instruction, and develop strategic plans. Earlier in her career, she was a high school social studies and law teacher and provided technical assistance and coaching to Grade K–12 teachers and administrators.
Juliuson received a BA in History from Hamilton College and an MA in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire.