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Janet Strauss

Senior Director of Co-Teaching

Hometown: Canton, NY

Education: BA Education & Art History, Skidmore College;
MEd Education and Child Study, Smith College;
CAGS School Psychology, UMASS Amherst;
PhD candidate Education Policy, Research, and Administration, UMASS Amherst

Prior to joining Blue Engine, Janet was an Instructional Coach with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Leadership. Janet was a member of the Continuous Learning team focused on strengthening the achievement of Multilingual Learners by utilizing the improvement science model of continuous improvement. Previously, Janet was the Director of Academics at Mass Insight Education. In this role, Janet supported the launch of the Gateway to College Success Network within five urban districts in Massachusetts. The Network, based on improvement science, aimed to improve teaching and learning by strengthening aligned instructional practices in grades 6 through 12. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Janet served as the National Engagement Manager and New England Coordinator for the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), an Executive Development Program (EDP) for school and district leaders. Janet was a lead facilitator and coordinated a statewide implementation of NISL in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She also led NISL’s EDP training in New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, and Missouri. In addition, Janet supported the design and development of NISL’s instructional curriculum. Prior to joining NISL in 2007, Janet was a classroom teacher, school psychologist, Assistant Special Education Director, instructional coach, and educational consultant.

Janet is thrilled to join the Blue Engine team and support teachers and leaders in unlocking the potential of the Co-Teaching Program to advance the academic success for all students. When Janet is not inside schools you will find her running along the Hudson River with her dog, Otis, in the lead.