Jennifer L. Chidsey is an innovative and experienced educator focused on designing and developing new school models and programs. Her focus is addressing the future of learning, promoting international perspectives and developing capacity in other educators. She is the founder and CEO of Ammonite Education, LLC, an education organization providing services in curriculum design, staff development, school and new program design, and grant writing.
She was formerly president and chief academic officer of Ross Institute, where she provided inspired leadership and clear directives for the school’s diverse faculty and staff. In addition, Jennifer ensured excellence and rigor of the Ross Learning System and its physical and intellectual assets including content, assessments and professional development. While at Ross Institute, she also held the roles of chief education officer, chief operating officer, and co-director of Ross Institute Sweden.
Jennifer was also director of data services and curriculum for the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, director of K–12 Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and held many positions at Ross School, including director of education and outreach, director of curriculum and assessment and dean of science. She has taught elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and graduate students in public, public charter, independent school, and university settings.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Massachusetts, and has completed graduate work in science education emphasizing teacher preparation, informal science learning, and geoscience education from the University of Iowa. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at the University of Southern California
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