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Jill Norton

Jill is Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary of Education for Massachusetts. In this role, she advises the Secretary on various policy issues and oversees special projects including a new social innovation financing project focused on adult basic education, the implementation of summer enrichment academies for English language learners and the state's Early Literacy Panel, which is focused on improving all students' reading proficiency by third grade. Prior to joining the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, Jill was the Executive Director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy from 2008-2012. The Rennie Center is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank whose mission is to develop a public agenda that promotes significant improvement of public education in Massachusetts. Founded by former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, the Rennie Center conducts policy research and hosts convenings to inform Massachusetts policymakers. Prior to the Rennie Center, Jill was the Director of Professional Development for the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) where she worked with educators throughout the six New England states to develop targeted professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators. Prior to NESDEC, Jill managed the customer service department for Tom Snyder Productions, an educational software publisher. Jill received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Michigan State University where she spent an additional year completing a full year internship and graduate courses in Teaching Curriculum. She also attended the National Center for Montessori Education-New England and earned her Primary Teaching Certificate. Jill earned her M.Ed. from Harvard University where she focused on Education Policy and Management. She has been a public school teacher in Michigan and Montessori directress in Massachusetts.