Senior Educational Consultant
Jessica Diaz is a Senior Educational Consultant for Teaching Matters with an expertise in early elementary literacy instruction. In this position, she supports educators in developing the content knowledge and pedagogy to improve literacy of their earliest readers. She also assists teachers and leaders to strategically use data to target instruction and advance students’ reading and writing abilities.
Having worked directly with Grades 1st through 5th throughout her career as a classroom teacher and coach within the DOE, Jessica has supported the development of multidisciplinary curricula and qualitative assessments that measure students’ skill / strategy application along with deep rooted content understanding. She has worked with teachers and leaders on areas such as: Phonics Instruction, Guided Reading, Close Reading, Literature Circles, Project-Based Learning, and using criteria charts / rubrics. As a member of the Chancellor’s K-2 Universal Literacy Initiative in Fall 2016, she continued to support teachers in implementing robust literacy practices in their classrooms. Most recently, Jessica served as an Academic Director for Grades Pre-K-2 in the charter sector, supporting leaders and teachers with fostering a shared vision of achievement, defining data collection / analysis processes, and action planning rooted in established SMART goals.
Jessica obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from The City College of New York and Master of Arts Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum Development and Teaching. She earned subsequent Masters from The Bank Street School of Education in Teacher Leadership, M.S. and Educational Leadership for Social Change, M.Ed from The Principals Institute. Recently, Jessica completed a professional development series for educational leaders via The New Leaders / Emerging Leaders Program, which engages leaders in best adult learning practices in data-driven instruction to support boosting student achievement across classrooms.