Jessica Marshall

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Jessica Marshall is a pre-doctoral Research Fellow with CASEL. She is a Learning Sciences PhD student at Northwestern University and an educator with over 14 years of experience, including as a classroom special education and social studies teacher in both Chicago and New York City public schools. In her role at CASEL, Jessica works with educators, scholars, and community members to develop and examine supports for teachers and school districts aligned to the ELDP framework. Jessica hopes her work can deepen our collective understanding of how adults can support youth in addressing historic injustice and imagining more just futures.  

Before joining CASEL, Jessica served as the founding Director of the Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In her role at CPS, Jessica led strategic initiatives to implement districtwide civic and financial education, expanded student voice structures, developed multiple curricula in partnership with educators and community, and worked with scholars to develop infrastructure for research in civics and social studies education. Both her scholarship and work with practitioners focuses on how schools can improve civic learning opportunities including increased attention to issues of race, identity and the lived experiences of marginalized youth. Through her work with educators and students, Jessica has come to understand the need to integrate a transformative approach to SEL more intentionally into civic learning practices. 

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in special education from City College – City University of New York. She is a born and raised Chicagoan, lover of cooking, gardening, and puzzles, and a mama of three.