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Jessica Brett is committed to working with practitioners to design relevant research projects that produce actionable findings. Currently, she is advancing the growing knowledge base focused on competency-based learning and student-centered learning, and is contributing her education research, evaluation, and technical assistance expertise to a range of initiatives.
Brett is the facilitator for the Northeast College and Career Readiness Alliance for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. She has also worked on several studies related to competency-based learning under the research agenda of the alliance. Brett also serves as a technical assistance liaison for projects that have received Investing in Innovation (i3) grants from the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, she leads a community focused on bringing together grants focused on STEM. She is currently working to support several evaluation projects in the STEM area.
Previously, Brett served as the manager of the Reference Desk for REL-NEI, where she supported a staff of researchers who drafted brief responses to quick turnaround research requests from stakeholders in the Northeast region. She also served as an evaluator of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Building New Models for System Change Initiative, in which capacity she worked closely with school districts across New England as they implemented policies and changes focused on student-centered learning.
Brett has co-authored several publications on competency-based learning and teacher evaluation systems, including Competency-Based Learning: Definitions, Policies, and Factors Related to Implementation and An Examination of Performance-Based Teacher Evaluation Systems in Five States.
Before joining EDC, Brett was a project attorney for Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice. She also worked as the Legal Programs Developer at Discovering Justice where she developed and wrote curriculum for an after-school program focused on the legal system. She began her career as an elementary school teacher.
Brett received a BA from Colby College, an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law.