JILL S. DAVIDSON
I’m a leader with deep experience in K-12 education, fundraising, communications, publications, research, nonprofit management, and organizational development. I am seeking and creating opportunities to use my capacities for collaboration, precise and powerful communication, creativity, fiscal responsibility, integrity, and joy to ensure success for all in Providence, Rhode Island, and beyond.
Jill S. Davidson Communications, 2005-present
Provide education-related expertise and services in the areas of development and fundraising; organizational development; strategic planning; communications strategy and planning; writing including editorial features, web and marketing copy, annual reports, ghostwriting, research reports; editing including author coaching, developmental editing, and copyediting; editorial production; branding; website development; email marketing; and social media usage. Clients include Great Schools Partnership, Richer Picture, Coalition of Essential Schools, College Unbound, Rhode Island After School Plus Alliance, and the Education Alliance at Brown University.
Program Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship, 2017-present
- Responsible for programs of and strategic planning for the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS), a non-profit organization that fosters and mobilizes creative, arts-immersed schools, where students are making and doing, teachers are asking how and why, and schools are engaged in their community. CAS collaborates with Conservatory Lab Charter School (CLCS) to improve the school, and promotes CLCS curriculum and programs as models of arts-immersed, project based learning to other schools and educational organizations.
Managing Director, Coalition of Essential Schools, 2016-2017
- Oversaw all operations and programs for the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) during its final year, raising its visibility and securing its reputation as the founder of modern progressive K-12 educational reform.
- Responsibilities included fundraising; developing partnerships; increasing membership; producing email, website, social media, and all other communications; supervising staff; and collaborating with the CES executive board.
- Directed all aspects of Fall Forum conference, which took place December 2-3 in Providence, RI with 50+ speakers and presenters and 500 participants.
- Raised more than $200,000; exceeded program, communications, membership, fundraising, partnership, and financial management goals.
Director of Publications and Communications, Engaging Schools, 2011-2015
- Developed and implemented communications strategy to share Engaging Schools’ capacity to support meaningful, measurable school improvement. Develop and manage communications budget.
- Directed rebranding campaign, including name change from Educators for Social Responsibility to Engaging Schools. Led decision-making process and managed relationships with external consultants and internal stakeholders. Produced physical and digital collateral, including the Engaging Schools website. Wrote site development RFP, led design process, developed site content. Oversaw e-commerce rebranding.
- Developed and published website content via WordPress CMS. Led team to monitor and continuously improve site for search engine optimization and Google AdWords integration.
- Designed and wrote Engaging Schools email newsletter sent monthly to 25,000+ subscribers.
- Established and directed Engaging Schools’ presence on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
- Led work of trademarking the names of Engaging Schools’ core services and programs.
- Contributed writing/research to individual giving and grant-writing programs.
- Oversaw Engaging Schools’ publications program. Responsible for publishing books and other resources for professional services and open market distribution. Developed author compensation model. Developed and managed publications budgets. Served as managing and developmental editor for all publications projects. Managed intellectual property rights, inventory, reprints, and new editions.
- Led all aspects of editorial development and production for Countering Bullying and Harassment and Activators, including author selection, content development, editing, design, and printing.
- Converted Engaging Schools’ bestsellers The Advisory Guide and Activators into e-book formats.
Managing Director, Coalition of Essential Schools, 2010-2011
Led CES national office. Directed annual Fall Forum conference; raised funds through event planning, annual giving, and grant-writing; managed membership programs; communicated about CES’s work through online and print media; developed and managed budgets, staff, and daily operations; collaborated with Executive Board to plan strategic direction; managed transition from Oakland, CA to Providence, RI.
Publications Director, Coalition of Essential Schools, 2001-2010
- Cultivated national network of K-12 educators and leaders, students, researchers, activists, and policymakers to document support for equitable, personalized, and academically challenging schools for all students.
- Edited Horace, a nationally distributed quarterly print and online journal documenting the CES principles and the fusion of research and effective practice. Planned, researched, reported, wrote, edited, and produced issues. Managed publication process from concept through distribution.
- Produced all other CES editorial projects including books, newsletters, web site content, blog, social media, advocacy initiatives, research presentations, and promotional materials. Managed publications budget. Supervised support staff and external graphics design and publishing partners.
- Authored professional journal and trade publication articles, books, and book chapters.
- Contributed writing and research to fundraising/grant-writing initiatives that netted more than $20 million.
- Planned and facilitated events and sessions at annual Fall Forum and other CES conferences; presented and facilitated sessions at additional regional and national conferences.
Expanded Learning Opportunities Project Consultant, Rhode Island After School Plus Alliance, 2009-2011
Served as technical support provider for Rhode Island’s Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) projects. Planned strategy; developed implementation manual and related materials; wrote policy analyses; convened educators, policy-makers, and community-based organizations for ELO professional development.
Development and Communications Consultant, College Unbound, 2009-2010
Collaborated with leadership to secure first-year funding. Planned strategy, researched and cultivated funding sources, wrote grant proposals, created development database, launched individual giving campaign, and crafted communications to inspire support for alternative approaches to higher education.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Faculty, Education Department, Antioch New England University, 2016-present
Keynote speaker, National Small Schools Conference, June 2016
Contributing Education Writer, East Side Monthly, 2010-2016
Consultant and Contributing Author, Education Alliance, Brown University, 2005
Senior Producer/Product Manger, E*Trade, 1999-2000
Director of Organizational and Web Development, Edmunds.com, 1997-1999
Virtual Community Center Producer, Electric Minds, 1996-1997
Learning Center Director, University of San Francisco, 1993-1996
Humanities Teacher, Mid-Peninsula High School, 1992-1993
Research Assistant to the Chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools, 1989-1991
SELECTED COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION and LEADERSHIP
Board Member, Wangari Maathai Community School, 2018-present
Treasurer, Aaron Regunberg, Rhode Island Representative, District 4, 2014-present
President, Treasurer, and other roles, Parent-Teacher Organization, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 2005-present
Executive Committee Member, Parent-Teacher Organization, Nathan Bishop Middle School, 2011-present
Member, Classical High School Community Association, 2014-present
Member, Board of Advisors, Providence Student Union, 2012-2015
Vice-President for Membership Outreach, Temple Emanu-el, 2014-2015
Member, Executive Board, Coalition of Essential Schools, 2011-2013
Mentor, Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The MET School), 2006-2008
Member, Advisory Board, Theodore R. Sizer Teachers Center, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, 2005-2008
President and Member, Board of Trustees, Leadership High School, 2003-2005
“Restoring Justice,” Teaching Tolerance, Summer 2014, Issue 47
Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education, Jossey-Bass, 2011, contributing author
Horace, the journal of the Coalition of Essential Schools, editor and frequent contributor
Small Schools, Big Ideas: The Essential Guide to School Transformation, Jossey-Bass, 2009, co-authored with Mara Benitez and Laura Flaxman
“Formative Assessment Applications of Culminating Demonstrations of Mastery,” book chapter in Handbook of Formative Assessment, Routledge, 2009, co-authored with Jay Feldman
“Exhibitions: Connecting Classroom Assessment with Culminating Demonstrations of Mastery,” Classroom Assessment, Theory Into Practice, Winter 2009, Vol. 48, No. 1
“Exhibiting Authentic Achievement,” Principal Leadership, September 2008, Vol. 9, No. 1
“Though Far Away, Katrina Gave Chance to Assist,” News & Notes with Ed Gordon, National Public Radio, commentary aired 2/21/2006
Contributor, Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle Level Reform, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2005
EDUCATION and CREDENTIALS
Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. Masters of Education, Teaching and Curriculum
Brown University, Providence, RI. A.B. with Honors, English and American Literature
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Completed coursework for Certificate in Educational Therapy and Level I Special Education certification
Massachusetts Teaching Certification, English and Social Studies, grades 7-12
HONORS and AWARDS
Rhode Island Press Association Editorial Award Finalist, 2013
Association of Educational Publishers Content in Context Talent Development Award, 2012
Leadership Rhode Island, Eta II Class, 2011
Brown University Starr Fellowship for Community Service