Jessica Lander is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Fellow. Jessica teaches social studies to English language learners at Lowell High School. As a practicing journalist, she writes op-eds about education policy for the Boston Globe and Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge, among other publications. She is the co-author of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success (Scholastic, 2017) and Driving Backwards, an award-winning nonfiction portrait of a small town in New Hampshire (TidePool Press, 2014). Jessica has won several statewide teaching awards, including most recently the Massachusetts Teacher Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award for Creative Leadership. Jessica has served as a member of the Teacher Advisory Cabinet of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She earned her AB in Anthropology from Princeton University and her EdM in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.