Jennifer Zoltners Sherer is an Instructional Design Fellow for the Institute for Learning (IFL). In addition to designing tools and learning environments, she teaches Accountable Talk® online workshops, writes, and supports the IFL's data and evaluation process. She co-designed and co-taught the IFL's Coursera course: Accountable Talk: Conversation that Works and co-developed the Process Engineering for Educational Results (PEER) project. Her research interests focus on distributed leadership and improving teaching and learning in K-12 systems through tool design and implementation, professional development, reform initiatives, and curriculum.
Prior to her work with the IFL, Jen designed and implemented professional development for K-12 teachers for the MacAurthur Foundation's Network on Teaching and Learning and contributed to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s efforts to create a 90-day cycle process for educational Research and Development. She has published and presented on distributed leadership, organizational routines, and improving scientific understanding through the development of literacy skills.
Jen received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, her M.A.T. from Lewis & Clark College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, she was a teacher in Oregon.