43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Jessica Lavorgna engages families and communities in school improvement initiatives that close opportunity gaps for children and promote their academic achievement. She brings experience in and passion for family and community engagement, adult education, language and literacy development, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has an extensive background in educational program development and implementation of evidence-based practices in cross-cultural relations and multicultural education.
Lavorgna is the Family and Community Engagement Specialist for EDC’s Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) Project. In this capacity, she oversees the development and growth of school, family, and community partnerships within 11 separate schools in Hartford, Connecticut. To strengthen and sustain these school-family-community partnerships, she works with the Hartford Public Schools, the Capitol Region Education Council of Hartford, the Connecticut Science Center, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, as well as with a number of community-based organizations.
Currently, she is collaborating with the Connecticut Science Center to develop bilingual family learning guides, which will allow families to interact with the exhibits in the language with which they are most comfortable and to engage their children in explorations of science at home.
Before joining EDC, Lavorgna served as the founding manager of the Family Resource Center for a turnaround school in New Bedford, MA, where she oversaw the development and implementation of school-family-community partnerships. Previously, she was a Sheltered English Instruction trainer for the U.S. Department of Education-funded Training for All Teachers program at Southern Connecticut State University.
Lavorgna received a BFA in Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MS in Bilingual and Multicultural Education and TESOL from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a Fulbright Scholar.