Jennifer Harris Edstrom, founder and principal consultant of Edstrom Community Consulting, has a over a decade of assessment experience garnered from work within school and nonprofit settings. She began her career as a public school teacher who then moved into the field of educational publishing. Throughout her publishing career, she has overseen the content development of high-stakes testing programs at all grade-levels and in all subject areas including assisting the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Assessment and Arts Supervisor for the State of Washington in researching, developing, and implementing their Goal 2 authentic performance assessments in the areas of Art, Music, Drama and Dance, now being used across the state at the elementary, middle and high school grades.
Ms. Edstrom founded Edstrom Educational Consulting in 2005. Through her leadership, she grew a large client base that includes notable educational publishing divisions, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and CTB/McGraw-Hill. In her role as principal consultant, Ms. Edstrom has acted as an advisor in the best practices of curriculum and assessment, as well as authored curriculum and assessment materials of the highest quality with attention to specifications. She has instructed educators in both small and large-group settings with a focus on all aspects of curriculum and assessment, from testing best practices, types of assessment and creation of rubrics.
Ms. Edstrom believes in serving her community with the highest standard of care. As a result, she has expanded our firm to include services to maximize community development. Our new name, Edstrom Community Consulting, reflects this mission. She served as the President of the Junior League of San Diego from 2012-2013 (elected 2010). In preparation for this role, she received three years of extensive non-profit management training, including, but not limited to financial duty of care, grant-making and grant-writing, as well as exposure to a broad range of nonprofit organizations in the San Diego community. In addition, she is a member of Las Patronas, a grant-making organization, since 2013. In both her consulting and volunteer work, Jennifer Edstrom has honed her relationship and facilitation skills allowing for efficient and positive client-consultant relations.
In addition to her work with EEC, Ms. Edstrom supervises emerging teachers who are studying at University of San Diego. Her research interests focus on instructional reform, professional development, educational technology and inquiry-based instructional strategies.
Ms. Edstrom earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Educational Sciences (SOLES). She was a graduate fellow to Dr. Joi Spencer and winner of an Award of Distinction for her thesis entitled, “Inquiry to identity: An examination of Lesson and Learning Study as a tool to increase professional identity.”