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Jocelyn Washburn

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Director of Professional Development
Senior Research Associate
The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning
Blacksburg, VA

Jocelyn Washburn is the Director of Professional Development for the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™) Professional Developers Network and a Senior Research Associate for the Center for Research on Learning. She is a SIM Professional Development Leader and Fusion Reading Professional Developer. Her leadership to the SIM Network includes sharing advancements in SIM Interventions, delivering high-quality professional learning and coaching, directly supporting regional and national update conferences. She co-develops and delivers professional learning and coaching with a focus on adolescent literacy. Additionally, she provides support and leadership in research proposal conceptualization, the development of research partnerships internal and external to KU, and the implementation of research methodology.


In her former position at the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at Virginia Tech, she co-led a state-wide effort to incorporate SIM and Fusion Reading as explicit instructional tools within the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports framework. She has provided instructional coaching and technical assistance to teachers and administrators implementing evidence-based and inclusive practices. She has worked with students with and without disabilities at the secondary level for nearly 20 years. She has served as a literacy coordinator, instructional coach, and special education teacher. In these leadership roles, Jocelyn’s work has focused on systems change, instructional delivery, and adolescent literacy.

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