Jennifer DePaoli

Senior Researcher

Jennifer DePaoli is a member of LPI’s Policy team and co-leads the Deeper Learning team where she focuses on social and emotional learning, performance assessment, and putting the whole child at the center of policy and practice. DePaoli brings with her more than a decade of experience teaching and conducting research and policy analysis in k–12 education. She began her career teaching middle grade students and later taught courses in educational foundations to pre-service teachers at the University of Akron and Ohio State University. Prior to joining LPI, DePaoli served as the Senior Research & Policy Advisor at Civic Enterprises, where she led research on raising high school graduation rates and increasing college readiness, social and emotional learning, and alternative school accountability systems. Before that, she conducted school choice and charter school policy research at Policy Matters Ohio.

DePaoli earned her Ph.D. in Education from Ohio State University, where she focused on state- and district-level k–12 education reform policy. She also holds a Master's in Middle Childhood Education and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton.

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