Jess WoodDoug Ward
Senior Policy Advisor
Jess Wood supports states and districts to strengthen the quality of educator evaluation and professional development systems. Jess is also a co-author of the book Better Feedback for Better Teaching, a practical guide to improving classroom observations. Previously, Jess led development of an online observer training system for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Prior to coming to DCPS, Jess taught sixth and seventh grade humanities for five years in New York City, concurrently working as a literacy coach for three of those years. Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from UCLA and a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education, where she also served as a teaching assistant for three years.