Jessica Blitzer has more than 20 years of experience in public education in the areas of social studies instruction and curriculum leadership. Her current school administrative role is as a Department Supervisor of Social Studies for the West Hartford (CT) Public Schools, a district nationally recognized for its excellence in education. In this role, she helps lead the district’s development and implementation of social studies curriculum, evaluates teachers at the middle and high school level with thoughtful feedback and reflective coaching, and is responsible for innovative programs and practices that benefit the global perspectives of students in the district’s middle and high schools. She has served on numerous councils and advisory groups including the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks Writing and Reviewing Team and West Hartford’s Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program Coordinating Committee.
For the past two summers, Jessica has worked collaboratively with Dr. Diane Moore and a diverse group of Connecticut teachers to explore how to apply the cultural studies method to the teaching about religion in public schools. This program recruits and honors educators as scholars and leaders within their districts and provides teachers with the opportunity to strengthen their practice and gain confidence in their abilities to responsibly address religion in their classrooms. As a result of this work, her district was awarded the 2014 Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding Reverend Dr. Richard B. Griffis Award.