For twenty years, Jennifer Davis has held positions at the federal, state, and local levels focused on improving educational opportunities for children across the United States. Jennifer’s previous positions have included serving as U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary, Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the National Governors Association, and Executive Director of Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s after-school learning initiative.
In 2000, Jennifer became the co-founder and president of Massachusetts 2020, an education organization dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for children across Massachusetts. During its first seven years, Massachusetts 2020 led eight strategic initiatives to improve education and after-school learning opportunities for high poverty students across the state. Additionally, in 2005, in partnership with the Massachusetts governor’s office, the state legislature, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mass 2020 launched the Expanded Learning Time Initiative (ELT) –a research, policy, and technical assistance effort to redesign public schools. Massachusetts ELTexpands and improves the learning day for students to include at least 300 additional hours of academic and enrichment programming.
On October 2, 2007, Massachusetts 2020 launched a national organization, the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL), which is dedicated to expanding and modernizing the American school calendar to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. In addition to a robust federal policy and best practices research agenda, NCTL is advising state and district leaders on models for expanding school time in order to significantly improve student achievement and prepare students for success in college and the work force.