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Jacqueline Bourassa has a special focus on enhancing literacy instruction as a vehicle for school improvement. Currently, she is working to advance the translation of research into practice to help teachers refine instructional practice and administrators implement school reform.
As Project Manager for Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS), a multi-year project funded by the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund, Bourassa oversees day-to-day operations and leads school and community outreach by working with foundations, donors, and the project’s Leadership Alliance. She continues to facilitate the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. In this capacity, she brings together early childhood stakeholders to create a shared research agenda that will ultimately improve the lives of young children (birth through age 8). For EDC's Center for Early Learning Professionals, she oversees the professional development approval process.
Recently, Bourassa facilitated the revision of Rhode Island’s draft Early Learning Standards (birth through age 5) and the development of the state’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan. As the EDC project director for the New York Comprehensive Center, she managed a staff of experts whose mission was to develop the capacity of the New York State Education Department and its networks and agencies to assist districts and schools in improving achievement outcomes for all students.
Bourassa has developed instructional sequences, scripts, participant materials, and a facilitator’s guide for Blended Learning Modules (BLM) for Literacy that are in use internationally. She also co-developed planning guides and materials for Teaching Literacy, Pakistan’s Pre-STEP course for literacy instruction. (Read a blog post by Bourassa about the guides and materials.)
Before joining EDC, Bourassa worked at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where she cultivated deep knowledge of both research-based literacy initiatives and the change process that supports successful implementation. As a literacy specialist in the Office of Instruction, she provided leadership and oversight for several reform initiatives and served as State Coordinator for Reading First. She has taught literacy education courses at the University of Rhode Island working with both graduate and undergraduate students preparing to become teachers.
She received a BS and an MEd from Rhode Island College and an EdD from LaSalle University.