Director of Innovations in Professional Learning and Coaching
Connie Jacquays is an educator that is passionate about bringing equity, rigor, and joy to teaching and learning. She has 30 years of experience in the education field as a teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, director of instruction, vice principal, graduate instructor, and as a lead designer and senior coach for an urban teacher residency program.
Connie completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Music Education and her Master’s Degree in Reading and Coaching. She has presented at several local and national conferences such as the Massachusetts Reading Association and International Reading Association. She recently developed and launched an app to support teachers with individualized one on one reading instruction through conferring called PocketConnie.
In 2005, Connie joined The Center for Applied Development at Tufts University, which later became TLA. She currently serves as Director of Innovations in Professional Learning & Coaching. She has recently designed and launched several virtual and in person coaching institutes for reading specialist, new coaches, and more experienced coaches. Connie has worked along-side countless students, teachers, reading specialist, coaches, and leaders to grow literacy practices that promote agency, equity, and joy. Connie believes that teachers and students are strong partners in the change and that all should have voices in the work.
Connie loves children’s books and is always looking for text that are culturally relevant. Bookstores and libraries are some of her favorite places.