Jennifer Morrison brings a classroom perspective and a focus on students to her work with teachers and administrators. She spent most of her career as a middle and high school Language Arts teacher and literacy specialist with high needs students. While a teacher, Jennifer worked at the state and national levels as a teacher trainer and curriculum writer for the North Carolina Teacher Academy and a policy consultant and invited expert on a number of national and state-level panels dealing with teacher retention and advancement. Jennifer has worked with educators from all over the world and brings an international and innovative perspective to education. Currently, Jennifer presents and writes around issues of data literacy and classroom assessment. Her work can be found in journals like Educational Leadership, Classroom Leadership, and Teacher Magazine.
Jennifer was ASCD’s international Outstanding Young Educator Award winner in 2004 and studied Education at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand on a Fulbright scholarship. In recent years, she moved from her Chairmanship of the Department of Teacher Education at Newberry College to state-level leadership as Chief Strategy Officer for the South Carolina Department of Education.
What few people know is that Jennifer started her career in the arts as a freelance graphic designer and attended Carnegie Mellon University’s distinguished arts program as a college freshman. While Jennifer did not choose to take a full-time arts path, she has always incorporated the arts into her life and into her teaching. She has presented on arts integration and has published a video with ASCDE called Using Visualization to Build Background Knowledge.