Jessica A. Hockett

Jessica Hockett, PhD, is a Chicago-based independent education consultant and author with expertise in differentiated instruction, standards-aligned curriculum, performance task design, and gifted education. For the past ten years, she has worked with over 75 school districts in the United States and abroad to strengthen and support a wide range of initiatives centered on improving teacher and student learning. This has included providing professional development and design work in the context of detracking secondary classes, implementing co-teaching models, expanding gifted programming opportunities to all students, writing curriculum, and crafting common assessments.

Jessica has published a variety of articles, book
chapters, and staff development materials related to differentiated instruction and programs and curriculum for advanced learners. She co-authored “Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools” with Chester E. Finn, Jr. (Princeton University Press), and “Differentiated Instruction in Middle and High School: Strategies
That Engage All Learners,” with Kristina Doubet (ASCD). Her book “Differentiated Instruction in Elementary School: Strategies to Engage All Learners” (with Kristina Doubet; ASCD) is slated for publication in early 2017.

Jessica’s advanced degrees include aPhD in educational psychology (gifted education emphasis) from the University of Virginia, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education from National-Louis University, and an M.A. in Gifted & Talented Education from the University of Connecticut. Prior to doctoral study, Jessica was secondary teacher in both general and gifted program settings.