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Jennifer S. Norford

Jennifer S. Norford

Jennifer is chief program officer at Marzano Research, where she pursues her passion for an education system that enables all students to discover, reach for, and realize their life goals. In her role, Jennifer leads the research department, setting its strategic direction, developing new lines of work, and forging new partnerships.

“I want all students to know they can do what they want—build better prosthetics, write mystery novels, develop software applications, work as radiation therapists, design sustainable cities, whatever they aspire to do—and I want schools and educators to provide them with opportunities, environments, and supports to help them achieve their goals.”

Jennifer is chief program officer at Marzano Research, where she pursues her passion for an education system that enables all students to discover, reach for, and realize their life goals.

In her role, Jennifer leads the research department, setting its strategic direction, developing new lines of work, and forging new partnerships. Her guidance focuses the department on its vision of an education system that uses research and evidence to make school work for kids. In addition to research and development, Jennifer also oversees the Reinventing Schools Division and the development and delivery of services related to personalized competency-based education.

Jennifer has more than twenty years of experience in preK–12 and postsecondary schools as a teacher, instructional-materials developer, technical-assistance provider, research-and-development specialist, and development director. She has also coauthored numerous books and journal articles, including, most recently, a book on competency-based education. She brings her unique blend of development, managerial, and operations expertise, along with content and programmatic experience in science, engineering, mathematics, and English language arts, to Marzano Research.

Jennifer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, as well as a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, from Virginia Tech.