Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams ( is an independent communications consultant and leadership coach.

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Culture of Collaborative Inquiry is my starting point

By Jennifer Abrams | June 1, 2022

Educators know how important it is to establish clarity before expecting accountability. Clarity about purpose and goals is necessary for having humane, growth-producing conversations and taking effective steps toward any new initiative or practice, including high-quality professional learning. Learning Forward’s newly revised Standards for Professional Learning are an essential piece to the clarifying conversation we […]

Coaches help us become better selves and better educators

By Jennifer Abrams | April 1, 2022

When I work with school leaders and their teams, I always share this belief: Growing into who we can become is a lifelong journey that never ends. Usually, there is pushback. Some will ask, “Shouldn’t education leaders be there already? That’s why we got the job, right?” Others will say, “I have so much on […]

You’ve reached your limit. Here’s how you can stretch it

By Jennifer Abrams | February 1, 2022

Collaboration is one of the most frequently used words in education and, in some ways, the least taught. Over two decades as a teacher, coach, and professional development facilitator in a California school district, I learned that I had a credential in my subject, but I didn’t have a credential in how to collaborate and […]

Find your growth opportunities

By Jennifer Abrams | October 1, 2021

A self-assessment of professional growth needs can help you work more productively.

Principals, here’s how to have hard conversations with younger teachers

By Jennifer Abrams | September 25, 2017

Teachers, to get advice on having hard conversations with your veteran administrator, read this previous blog post. Principals often tell me their entire workday is filled with fires to extinguish, a few challenging parent interactions, and a load of hard conversations. Some feel those communications are routine and don’t find them too difficult: “I don’t have […]

Does your professional learning experience have a ‘strong door’?

By Jennifer Abrams | August 22, 2017

[embedyt][/embedyt] I have a restauranteur friend, Lynn. Although we come from different industries and perspectives, we both believe a restaurant needs to have a “strong door”: the good feeling you get when you walk through the door and immediately feel welcomed. Within the first moments of your arrival, the strong door hostess greets you, positively manages your […]