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Jessica Heard

Jessica Grady Heard has over 18 years of experience as an educator, non-profit leader, and school district administrator. As National Center for Teacher Residencies’s chief of equity and inclusion, Heard oversees a national initiative to attract, develop, and empower black teacher residents. Additionally, she leads internal diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for National Center for Teacher Residencies staff. Prior to joining National Center for Teacher Residencies, Heard worked in District of Columbia Public Schools as the deputy chief of equity and deputy chief of talent acquisition and retention. Previously, she was the site manager for TNTP’s DC Teaching Fellows program. Earlier in her career, Heard led out-of-school time programs with Breakthrough Collaborative, KIPP DC, and the Urban Alliance Foundation. She began her career teaching in the autism program at the Ivymount School. Heard holds a B.A. in psychology from Grinnell College and an Executive Master’s in leadership from Georgetown University. She is based in Washington, DC.

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Investing in adult learners: Recruiting, supporting, and retaining educators of color in a virtual world

By Jevelyn Bonner-Reed, Diarese George, Cicely Woodard and Jessica Heard | October 8, 2020

This webinar will focus on the resources, strategies, and tangible ideas at the classroom, school, and organizational levels for combating barriers that impact educators of color and the systems in which they serve.