Joanna (Jodi) Zorn Heilbrunn
Jodi Heilbrunn has been the Director of NCSE since 2012. Previously, she was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The Partnership for Families & Children where she participated in launching NCSE in 2004. Jodi has worked in the field of education research for over 20 years, with a longstanding focus on building school engagement among students, preventing truancy and boosting graduation. She is the lead evaluator for NCSE, assisting educators and community groups with evaluations of myriad programs to support struggling students. She designed and teaches a number of trainings, shown on NCSE’s Training website page, and is co-author of the NCSE AAA Policy and Practice Assessment, a tool used by schools to reevaluate practices with an eye toward promoting school engagement. Her evaluation projects include reports on Colorado Expelled and At-Risk Student Service grants, the Jacksonville, FL Full-Service Schools program, a qualitative study of school engagement presented in “Teach from the Heart” on our Resources page, several cost-benefit studies of truancy reduction programs, among others. Prior to joining The Partnership, Jodi was affiliated with the RAND Corporation where she contributed to numerous health care, immigration policy, and military manpower studies before turning her full attention to education in a longitudinal evaluation of New American Schools. Jodi holds a master’s degree in sociology from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in economics from Boston University.