Jennifer began her educational career as a high school English teacher and new teacher coach. Currently, she is a communications consultant who works with educators and others on providing new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, developing effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations, and creating identity-safe workplaces.
Her publications include Having Hard Conversations(Corwin, 2009),The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community(Corwin, 2013), and Hard Conversations Unpacked—The Whos, the Whens and the What-Ifs(Corwin, 2016). Abrams’s forthcoming book is tentatively titled “Swimming in the Deep End: Leadership Skills for Aspiring and Emerging Educational Leaders” (in press, Solution Tree).
The level of intellectual stimulation and dialogue is unparalleled. There is always someone nearby or at your table who can help process new ideas or help you think about how what you’re hearing applies to your work. The balance of research and application is really nice. Getting to hear from top authors about their current projects helps me feel very informed so that I can feel abreast of current trends in the professional learning field. At the same time, the balance of topics that are “oldies but goodies” is nice because there are always new practitioners joining the conference.— 2018 Attendee
I am always excited to come to this conference with my colleagues and learn a few new things about professional learning. This is also a place to meet enthusiastic educators who are dedicated to elevating their profession and work hard every day to improve lives of their students.— Alica Unruh