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).
Of all the professional organizations, Learning Forward is the only one where I truly belong as a professional learning advocate. Here, I know that my growth truly matters as it impacts the success of the students in my district and beyond.— Amanada Ball
Learning Forward’s Annual Conference is my absolute favorite conference. It always provides me with inspiration, tools and new contacts to help further my learning and thus the quality of professional learning at my school.— Kate Cottrell