Jenny DeMonte is senior technical assistance consultant specializing in teacher preparation and licensure. In her current role, she focuses on leveraging the strategic expertise and thought leadership at AIR and beyond to transform it into resources for the education field, including practitioners and policymakers. She is the author of A Million New Teachers Are Coming: Will They Be Ready to Teach? Her dissertation research centered on using daily logs of fourth grade English Language Arts instruction to create quantitative measures of teaching practice, and investigate the effects of different teaching treatments on student learning.
Dr. DeMonte’s career has spanned several fields including news reporting, editing, academic research, and policy analysis and advocacy. Prior to joining AIR, she worked on the education policy team at the Center for American Progress, leading work on teacher quality issues. She also worked on several postdoctoral projects and on public affairs at the University of Michigan, School of Education, where she received her doctorate. Dr. DeMonte worked on the Gates-funded Measures of Effective Teaching project, writing items for an instrument to measure teacher knowledge in English Language Arts instruction. She worked for Dean Deborah Ball to help craft and disseminate information and messaging about improving teacher preparation, and she helped staff the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness that was tasked by Michigan’s governor and legislature to design the state’s educator effectiveness system. Before entering graduate school, Dr. DeMonte spent more than a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor, and was editor-in-chief at New Jersey Monthly magazine from 1993-2000, where she created an annual ranking of the state’s public high schools.