Jenny Curtin is the Coordinator of High School Graduation Initiatives at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
In that role she oversees several state efforts related to supporting students that are most likely to drop out of high school, including the multi-faceted MassGrad initiative that provides funding and training to schools statewide, the state’s Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), and the state funded Alternative Education grant program.
She has extensive experience providing training and resources to school districts and organizations on a range of topics related to increasing the number of students that graduate from high school.
Jenny helped facilitate the Massachusetts Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery Commission in 2009 as well as the state’s Behavioral Health and Public Schools Task Force (2008-10). She previously worked in the nonprofit sector on education policy to better serve struggling students.
Jenny is an alumnus of the national Education Policy Fellowship Program, she has a master’s degree in Public Policy (MPP) and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tulane University.
Jenny will be speaking on “Alternative Accountability Policy: The Action's at the State Level."