Jeanne Purcell is the coordinator for Advanced Placement and gifted and talented education at the Connecticut State Department of Education. Over the last seven years, Jeanne Purcell has secured over 17 million dollars in Advanced Placement grant funds for Connecticut and New England and is currently responsible for developing and conducting state-wide professional development for teachers and administrators on curriculum differentiation.
Prior to her work at the State Department of Education, Jeanne Purcell was an administrator for Rocky Hill Public Schools, where she was a K-8 curriculum coordinator and conducted a three-year staff development initiative on curriculum differentiation; a program specialist with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, where she worked collaboratively with other researchers on national issues related to the achievement of high-achieving young people; and a staff developer to school districts across the country and Canada. Jeanne Purcell was an English teacher, grades 7-12, for eighteen years in Connecticut school districts.
Jeanne Purcell is the author of four books and has published many articles that have appeared in Educational Leadership, Gifted Child Quarterly, Roeper Review, Educational and Psychological Measurement, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Bulletin, Our Children: The National PTA Magazine, Parenting for High Potential, and Journal for the Education of the Gifted. Dr. Jeanne Purcell is active in many educational organizations.