Jesse Buccolo

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Jesse Buccolo /

Manager of Policy, Strategy, & Continuous Improvement

Jesse is the Manager of Policy, Strategy, & Continuous Improvement. His responsibilities include advancing policy and advocacy work, using systems thinking and improvement science to improve impact, and launching the College & Career Readiness Initiative.

Jesse cares deeply about making a system-level impact to communities that face inequity in Norwalk. He believes that when people with diverse experiences and skills come together to question, analyze, and strategize about complex educational issues, the collaborative experience can produce transformational results.

Jesse taught for five years in urban classrooms and worked as a Policy and Communications Associate for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). He has taught at three high performing schools throughout the nation—Chicago, Washington DC, and New Haven—that serve historically underrepresented students. He began his teaching career as a Teach For America Corps member teaching English Language Arts to high school students with special needs, and he most recently piloted an innovative, college-level course called AP Seminar. At the NYCDOE, Jesse worked for the Office of School Quality, which conducts Quality Reviews that support student learning and teacher practice, and he led the design of online professional learning materials that support school improvement planning.

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from National Louis University, and a Master of Education in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He serves as an Associate Board member for the Waterside School in Stamford. Jesse was born and raised in Norwalk, and he currently resides in Stamford with his fiancé.