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Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones is a Professional Learning Specialist for WestEd. She brings expertise in areas related to formative assessment, culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, Indigenous education, and professional development. Jones’ work centers around providing technical assistance and supports to states and districts in using formative assessment to improve teacher effectiveness.

Previously, as an education researcher at CRESST, UCLA, Jones co-developed the Nevada High-Leverage Instructional Standards, the cornerstone of Nevada’s teacher effectiveness system. Her work provides educators at all levels with a model of teaching and learning that helps build capacity. She also reinforces the importance of students being treated as equal partners in the learning process by encouraging student ownership of their learning.

Most recently, Jones developed a set of digital professional learning programs for teachers in formative assessment and culturally responsive instruction for Indigenous students. Jones is a former first grade teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree from UCLA.