ASCD Faculty Bio
Jessica Hockett is an education consultant and author with expertise in differentiated instruction, standards-aligned curriculum, performance task design, and gifted education. For the past ten years, she has worked with over 70 school districts in the United States and abroad to strengthen and support a wide range of initiatives centered on improving teacher and student learning. This has included providing professional development and design work in the context of detracking secondary classes, implementing coteaching models, expanding gifted programming opportunities to all students, writing curriculum, and crafting common assessments.
Hockett has published a variety of articles, book chapters, and staff development materials related to differentiated instruction and programs and curricula for advanced learners. This includes the ASCD book Differentiated Instruction in Middle and High School: Strategies that Engage All Learners, which she coauthored with Kristina Doubet, the staff development manual for ASCD's series The Common Sense of Differentiation, and an appearance in the ASCD video The Differentiated School. She also coauthored, with Chester E. Finn Jr., the book Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools with (Princeton University Press, 2012).
Prior to earning her PhD from the University of Virginia, Hockett was a secondary teacher in both general and gifted program settings.