Jessica Johnson is a vice president at AIR. She provides district and school improvement guidance and management oversight for a range of projects with states, districts and schools primarily in the Midwest and Northeast regions. Jessica and her team provide policy guidance, strategic support and technical assistance to state education agencies, most recently for Massachusetts and Michigan, on the implementation of federal education initiatives, including the School Improvement Grant and Race to the Top programs.
Johnson also oversees the delivery of research-tested strategies to improve student achievement. She is responsible for the financial oversight, program and project management, quality assurance and service development for the organization’s district and school improvement services. Her group has conducted district and school improvement audits for over 50 clients in the last 5 years.
In 2010, Johnson directed the development of the school turnaround and transformation line of service to provide comprehensive services to transform teaching and student learning in the lowest performing schools. In Missouri, her team assisted urban, rural and suburban schools, serving more than 1,500 students in applying for the state’s School Improvement Grant funds. This assistance included conducting the needs assessments in four of the schools. Johnson’s staff will provide turnaround services, including reforming the teacher evaluation system, in two of the Missouri schools.
Johnson began her career at Deloitte working as a business analyst and eventually as a manager in the change management practice. She has professional development and consulting experience in both the private and public sectors.