Jennifer Olson

Jennifer Olson

Professional Development Facilitator

Jennifer Olson, PhD serves as a professional development facilitator with Strategic Learning Initiatives.  Jennifer provides workshops and instructional support to high school teachers. She facilitates and co-designs workshops, coaching sessions, and other research-based professional development for teachers.  Jennifer is an assistant clinical professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She coordinates the Secondary Education program and teaches curriculum, instruction, & assessment courses to undergraduate and graduate secondary education students. Jennifer’s research focus on urban high school reform is informed by nine years of teaching in Chicago Public Schools, giving her an informed perspective of how policy moves from theory to practice.  Jennifer received her PhD in Urban Education Policy Studies in 2013 from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation explored students’ perspectives of organizational change in urban turnaround high schools.  Dr. Olson’s current research interests include urban high school reform, urban teacher preparation, school turnaround, student voice, and organizational change.