Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary
Enthusiastic, resourceful teacher leader who has earned trust and respect from students, colleagues and administration for 19+ years.
  • Mastery of Culturally Responsive Teaching practices
  • Innovative lesson planning in emergent curricula
  • Excellent record of student and family relationships
  • Research and implementation
  • MS in Educational Leadership
  • Positive atmosphere promotion with multicultural populations
  • Active participation in professional communities 
Core Accomplishments
Student-Centered Professional Development

  • Initiated and managed Culturally Responsive Teaching initiatives in the schools serviced, resulting in greater awareness and expanded use.
  • Created Culturally Responsive Teaching sessions and frameworks for various groups to create engaging educational experiences.
Culturally Responsive Teacher Leader, 01/2014 - 03/2017
Milwaukee Public Schools Office Of Innovation City, STATE,
  • Provides Culturally Responsive Teaching practice professional development sessions to Instructional Coaches, School Support Teachers, and staffs of MPS sites under the GE Foundation Grant on addressing personal biases, building relationships with students and families, modifying instruction to engage more students, understanding cultural differences, professional reflection, adopting multicultural texts, building responsive school and classroom climates.
  • In the current (2016-2017) school year, assists in the pilot MPS Transformation Team in six schools to assess school culture needs, do observations and provide coaching feedback.
  • Promotes equity for all students by coaching school staff to implement anti-racist/anti-bias, multicultural, and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching Practices pedagogy of Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, Zaretta Hammond, JessicaGorski and other experts in the field.
  • Leads Culturally Responsive book study group at several schools.
  • Gathers resources, attends conferences and workshops to build personal knowledge to share with teachers and administrators.
  • Builds relationships with many social justice organizations, including the ACLU, League of Women Voters, Young Voters' League, Educators' Network for Social Justice, as well as educational organizations such as the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center and the Southeast Wisconsin Closing the Gap Consortium at Concordia University, the AP College Board, WEA, MTEA, NAACP, and MMABSE.
English Department Chair and Language Arts Instructor, 01/2002 - 09/2014
Riverside University High School City, STATE,
  • Taught a unique Multicultural & African-American Literature and History block course in conjunction with a Social Studies teacher.
  • Collaborated with RUHS Guidance Office and administration to expand the number of multicultural English courses offered Taught all four grade levels of University Preparatory English, including Advanced Placement Language and Composition, and Honors sections Consistently sought to include diverse, culturally relevant literature in all English courses and address the achievement gap through differentiation within classes.
  • As English Department Chair participated in extensive professional development, including curriculum mapping and alignment with UW-Milwaukee English Liaison and AP writing scoring
  • Held additional leadership positions, including Learning Team, SIP team, PBIS team, Student Council Advisor, and Forensics Coach.
Education and Training
Master of Science: Educational Leadership, Expected in 2006
Cardinal Stritch University - Milwaukee, WI
[Name] Academic Achievement Award Obtained Wisconsin Initial Administration K-12 License #51 June, 2005
Bachelor of Arts: English Education, Expected in 1997
Delaware State University - Dover, DE

Maintained a 3.0 GPA (including transfer credits) while completing a nationally recognized teacher certification program, including a minor in African-American Studies.

Other Achievements
  • Holds Secondary English teaching license (#300) in addition to Initial K-12 Principal license (#51)
  • Coursework and Training in Restorative Practices through St. Augustine University, Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association and Milwaukee Public Schools.
  • Represented MPS with CRT presentation at national Turnaround Arts Retreat in Warrenton, VA June, 2016
  • Presenter, Educators Network for Social Justice Conference, 2015 & 2016 in Franklin, WI
  • Milwaukee Public Schools PD Facilitators’ Academy--training in MS Office365, Lync/Skype, and the professional learning techniques of Marcia Tate
  • Coordinated, with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, a pilot teen voter registration program, now available for all MPS High Schools
  • Completed the Civil Rights Teacher Workshop with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History at Clare College—Cambridge University, London, UK
  • Served as cooperating teacher to several local university education students from 2004-2014
  • Annual participant/chaperone for Riverside University High School’s Historically Black College Tour, serving over  120 students and touring more than 25 colleges and universities from  2007-2012
  • Various course work for enrichment, professional development, and to fulfill Wisconsin DPI license requirements, including MyAccess!, TurnItIn, SMART Board, and Discovery Education    
  • Received American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Youth Humanitarian Award, March, 2011
  • Awarded Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE) Teacher of  the Year, 2010

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