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Jennifer Schmidt


Senior Learning Designer, Scholar Instruction

Jennifer is passionate about cultivating and deepening the literacy development of every student through the use of inquiry-based, reflective learning experiences that help all students build their self-efficacy as critical readers, writers, and thinkers.  She finds joy when students use their literacy skills to become critical agents for change in their lives, schools and communities.  Jennifer believes that there is greatness in every person and feels a deep responsibility to help others cultivate their inner genius. Jennifer has held multiple educational roles from serving as a Teacher and Reading Specialist to serving as a Staff Developer and Literacy Program development Specialist in support of equitable, high-quality education for all students. She has completed this impactful work since 2007 on best practices in education, literacy instruction, and data-driven instructional practices with students from primary grades to high school, teachers, community members, families, and administrators. Jennifer’s favorite childhood book is Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe, a picture book that describes the importance of always treating others with love and kindness.