About Jessica Chung

Jessica Chung is the Director of Program Design, East. She supports professional development planning and implementation in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest and collaborates on professional learning content development. Jess has created and delivered both virtual and face-to-face trainings to hundreds of teachers and youth development workers in a wide variety of topics, including Literacy, STEM and College and Career Readiness. Before coming to Catapult Learning, Jess worked as the Project Director for the Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning at Foundations, Inc. Within that role, she served as the Lead Training Specialist for You for Youth, a federal contract providing professional learning resources and technical assistance to 21st Century Community Learning Centers nationwide. Jess’ background and passion is building partnerships between educators, community-based organizations and businesses to promote equity and increase opportunities for all students. She has a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from Amherst College and a M.A. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Getting Started with STEAM: A Mini Toolkit

STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term STEM is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to competitiveness in science and technology development. STEAM is designed to integrate STEM subjects into various relevant disciplines in education using the arts. STEAM programs add the arts to STEM curriculum by drawing on design principles and encouraging creative solutions to real-world problems. The concept of interactive art as a platform for engagement in science and technology is not a new one. Research has shown that interactivity promotes discovery and development [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:37+00:00November 20th, 2017|

Student Learning Conferences: Continuing the Transition to Student-Directed Learning

This blog is the second of a two-part series on Learner Voice. In my last blog post, I discussed how teachers can use the Spectrum of Student Voice Oriented Activity to reflect on how they can start moving their classroom activities from being teacher-directed to more student-directed. In this post, we’ll look at the practice of implementing Student Learning Conferences, or SLCs, to develop learner voice. A SLC is a quarterly, one-on-one conference between a teacher and a student in which the student leads a conversation about their learning and sets learning goals that will be supported by teacher. [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:41+00:00April 18th, 2017|

Developing Learner Voice: The Transition to Student-Directed Learning

Research has shown that developing learner voice may be the most powerful lever available to improve student learning in schools. Students learn better when they are engaged partners throughout the educational process.1 When students plan educational activities, their investment, ownership, and consequent learning is greatly increased.2 At Catapult Learning, we take the development of learner voice very seriously. The importance of student-centered, student-directed learning is reflected in our Attributes of an Exemplary School, the twenty-one activities and processes that our experts have identified from school improvement studies and our work with schools that ensure success for all learners when [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:41+00:00April 4th, 2017|

How to Create Opportunities for Students to Experience Applied Science: 4 Tips

As an educator married to an entomologist–a scientist who studies insects–I think it is safe to say I know far more about the six-legged creatures that inhabit this earth than the average person. After sitting in multiple study sessions with graduate students and doing field work for my husband, I have reached the point where I can identify insects down to order, if not family, and can comfortably explain and discuss my husband’s research on the Blueberry Gall Midge and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. My experiences in agricultural pest management made me realize how little my own learning [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:43+00:00October 20th, 2016|