Jessica Proffitt leads the mathematics clinical faculty for Urban Teachers in Washington, D.C. She instructs new teachers in mathematics, deeper learning and instructional intervention through the Johns Hopkins School of Education and coaches teachers in the District of Columbia public school system. She led a national effort to create a new graduate math curriculum for Urban Teachers, supervising each stage of the process from planning and implementation to conception and execution. She encourages her students to abolish the concept that one is born a “math person,” exhorting them to discover the thrill of math – and bring that excitement into the classroom.
She works with fledgling teachers to help them develop not only a deep understanding of mathematics but to be able to create authentic, real-world tasks to help students learn mathematical concepts. She holds a graduate certificate in administration, supervision, and leadership from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts in teaching from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University.
• Johns Hopkins University, Administration, Supervision, & Leadership Graduate Certificate
• James Madison University, Master of Arts in Teaching
• James Madison University, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
• Clinical faculty member, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Urban Teachers, Washington, D.C., 2016-present
• Content director, curriculum writing contractor, Urban Teachers, Baltimore, MD, 2016- present
• Curriculum Contractor, Two Rivers Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 2016-17
Other professional positions
• Teacher leader, instructional leadership team, Two Rivers Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 2013-15
• Lead teacher, Two Rivers Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 2011-16
• Education innovation fellow, City Bridge Foundation, Washington, D.C., 2015
• Curriculum contractor, Mundo Verde Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 2014
• Lead teacher, Center City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 2010-11
• Numbers, Operations and Algebraic Thinking I & II; Small Group Practicum in Math; Measurement Data and Geometry
Research, Publications, Presentations
• Three-Part Math Webinar Series, Washington, D.C.
• Learning and Loving Math, Various locations, Washington D.C.
• “Creating a Culture of Grappling”, Expeditionary Learning National Conference, Expeditionary Learning Site Seminar, Night of Learning Seminars, Two Rivers
• “Using Protocols to Deepen Thinking in the Inquiry-Based Classroom, Expeditionary Learning National Conference, Expeditionary Learning Site Seminar, Night of Learning Seminars, Two Rivers
• “Share and Debrief 2.0: A Framework for Deepening Student Understanding of Mathematics”, Expeditionary Learning Site Seminar, Night of Learning Seminars, Two Rivers
• “Using Student Critique to Improve Communication of Mathematical Thinking”, D.C. Data Summit
• “Analyzing Student Math Models,” D.C. Data Summit
• “Critique: A Protocol Promoting Opportunity and Interaction,” Washington D.C., Project Zero Perspectives Conference and Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers
• “Synthesizing the Grapple: Orchestrating Effective Discussion Post-Problem Solving,” Night of Learning Seminars, Two Rivers