Jennifer Abrams

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

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Model the way to navigate difficult topics

By | October 1, 2022

Many of us adults have said that it would be terribly hard to be a young person these days, with wildfires and floods, political polarization, violence in our streets, war in Ukraine, civil rights being questioned and denied to many citizens, and one medical challenge on the heels of another. As students navigate these challenges […]

Are you modeling the collaboration skills new teachers need?

By | August 1, 2022

New teacher support is a common part of professional learning, but it varies across states, provinces, and regions. When I was a new teacher coach in California for 16 years, I followed the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, which were applied across my district and the state. As I travel across the country and […]

Culture of Collaborative Inquiry is my starting point

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | October 1, 2021

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

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