Jessica Claire
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Effective, strategic and collaborative educational leader with a proven track record of success creating strategic alliances with community, educator and organizational stakeholder groups to create and sustain effective working teams, improve parent and community partnerships and develop and implement strategic initiatives that have yielded positive results for students, teachers, principals, parents and the community.

  • Effective leadership/communication skills
  • Public Relations
  • Project planning and management
  • Negotiations expert
  • Organizational Restructure and Change expert
  • Strategic Planning
  • Self-motivated/self-starter
  • Effective training and professional development facilitator
Superintendent of Schools, 07/2021 to Current
School Administrative Unit 21Charleston, SC,
  • Set the strategic direction of the school district.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the district's multi-year district improvement plan.
  • Set high expectations for students learning and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with labor unions to ensure fair and equitable working conditions for all employee groups.
  • Facilitate a comprehensive and inclusive annual budget process.
  • Lead efforts in becoming an anti-racist, inclusive and responsive school district for all students, families and staff.
  • Lead the implementation of best practices for school safety.
  • Facilitate the development of district and school-based leaders.
Superintendent of Schools, 07/2017 to 06/2021
School Administrative Unit 21Ontario, CA,
  • Improved fiscal processes, resource planning and management by implementing a zero-based budgeting process.
  • Improved the high school ranking in two years from a ranking of number ten to a ranking of number six in Massachusetts.
  • Improved central office effectiveness and support by aligning department functions.
  • Increased the number of diverse teachers, school and district leaders by 33%.
  • Developed community partnerships to support varied programs and initiatives within the district including school volunteers.
  • Implemented a comprehensive process for Principal and leadership effectiveness focused on observation, reflection and feedback.
  • Implemented a comprehensive communication and community engagement plan by hosting an annual "State of the Schools" address, implementing Superintendent Advisory councils, Superintendent Coffee hours and Superintendent "Walk and Talk Tuesdays."
  • Implemented district wide professional development for school leaders and educators focused on cultural competency, equity and anti-racism.
  • Led the MSBA process that led to the approval at Town meeting to fund a $163M high school building project which broke ground September 2020.
  • Led a collaborative community process that yielded a three- year strategic plan for district improvement.
  • Facilitated the implementation of a systematic, multi-sensory Tier I phonics-based reading program for grades K-5.
  • Facilitated the implementation of the elementary cultural competency curriculum.
  • Commissioned and facilitated the external program review of Student Support Services to improve special education programs and services.
  • Successfully negotiated successor contracts across all bargaining units in collaboration with the School Committee and the Select Board.
Assistant Superintendent, 07/2013 to 06/2017
Samet CorporationCity, State,
  • Narrowed the achievement gaps for high needs groups in both reading and mathematics by 3%.
  • Increased the number of students with disabilities accessing the general education classroom and curriculum to 85%.
  • Developed and initiated the "Universal Summer Program" which increased the number of students attending summer programs by 50% over three years and 80% of students maintaining skills.
  • Increased the number of teachers trained in effective strategies for teaching students with dyslexia by 10%.
  • Increased the number of teachers with Orton Gillingham training/certification by 15%.
  • Increased the department approval rating from 43% to 85% in over two years.
  • Increased parent/family engagement by over 50%.
  • Developed community partnerships increasing the number of families accessing wrap-around supports by thirty families in the first year of implementation.
Director of Instruction, 07/2009 to 06/2013
TopgolfCity, State,
  • Improved access to general education curriculum for students with disabilities from 40% to 60%.
  • Improved the achievement of students with disabilities by 20% over three years by designing, developing and training the instructional coaching team to support teachers and principals.
  • Led the district review of inclusive practices which resulted in over 4000 teachers receiving professional development in effective strategies in teaching students with disabilities and co-teaching.
  • Developed and implemented the mapping process resulting in more effective use of school resources and greater principal autonomy to support students.
  • Designed instructional programs for gifted students and students with disabilities PK-12 that led to increased access to gifted programs for a more diverse group of students.
  • Developed a parent advisory council for gifted students and students with disabilities in grades PK-12 that led to a 10% increase in the approval rating by families.
PhD.: Educational Leadership And Administration , Expected in 02/2010
Capella University - Minneapolis, MN,
Master of Education: Special Education , Expected in 05/2000
Tennessee State University - Nashville, TN,
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology And Sociology , Expected in 08/1996
Tennessee State University - Nashville, TN
Activities and Honors

Member, Commission on LGBTQ Youth, State of Massachusetts, 2022

Nominee, Women in Leadership Award, The School Superintendents Association, 2022

Chair, Gifted Advisory Council, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2019

Honoree, The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, 2019

Board Member, Hockomock Area YMCA, 2018

Consultant, Co-Author, Instructional Practices That Maximize Student Achievement, 2017

Co-Author, Making Blended Work, 2016, Center for Digital Education

National Superintendents Academy, Chicago Cohort, 2015

Nominee, Visions of the Community Award, Massachusetts Federation for Children, 2015

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