DR. HEIDI HAYES JACOBS, Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., is an internationally recognised expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction having consulted nationally and internationally on issues and practices pertaining to: curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction and 21st century strategic planning. She is the author of six books, most recently, The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates and Tools for Effective Professional Development, co-authored with Ann Johnson, and Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, which was selected as the worldwide member book by ASCD.
Dr. Jacobs has worked with a range of organisations. In January 2010, Dr. Jacobs addressed the United Nations Council on Teaching about the UN. She has taught at Columbia University’s Teachers College in NYC from 1981 to the present. Dr. Jacobs has worked with the College Board, NBC Sunday Today Show, PBS TeacherLine, the Discovery Channel, Children’s Television Workshop, CBS National Sunrise Semester, ASCD, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet Education Department at Lincoln Center, Peace Corps, the National School Conference Institute, The Disney Company, Prentice Hall Publishing, the Near East School Association, East Asian Council of Overseas Schools, The Tri-Association of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, the International Baccalaureate, the European Council of International Schools and state education departments. She has been interviewed and featured in The New York Times, Educational Leadership, and Child Magazine, NASSP’s High School, and National Public Radio’s "Talk of the Nation" broadcast. Dr. Jacobs has published curriculum materials with Prentice Hall, Milton Bradley, The Electric Company, and Bowmar Publishing. ASCD has two video series focusing on Dr. Jacobs’ curriculum models. She is featured on the world’s largest online professional development network, PD 360.
Her doctoral work was completed at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1981 where she studied under a national Graduate Leadership Fellowship from the United States Office of Education. Her master’s degree is from UMASS at Amherst and her undergraduate studies were at the University of Utah in her hometown of Salt Lake City. The fundamental backbone of her experience comes from her years as a teacher of high school, junior high school and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York. She is married with two children and lives in Westchester County, New York.
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