Senior Advisor and Co-founder of the Pathways to Prosperity Network
Nancy Hoffman works to create a better system to transition young people from high school, through a postsecondary credential, to a productive career. Dr. Hoffman is the co-lead of the Pathways to Prosperity State Network with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education, JFF, and nine states focused on ensuring that many more young people complete high school and attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market. Dr. Hoffman has also led JFF's work to develop early college high schools and to expand opportunities for college-level work in high school to a wide range of students. She writes and speaks on the topic of college and career preparation, and is an editor of three JFF books: Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth, Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It, and most recently, Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers, all three published by the Harvard Education Press. Dr. Hoffman is also author of Women's True Profession: Voices from the History of Teaching (Harvard Education Press 2003).
Outside of her work with JFF, Dr. Hoffman has worked as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 17-country study of vocational education and training, "Learning for Jobs." She continues to be active in studying vocational education internationally. Her most recent book on the subject is Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life (Harvard Education Press 2011), a look at what the United States might learn from countries that have strong secondary and postsecondary career pathways serving the majority of young people. Dr. Hoffman came to JFF from Brown University where she was a senior lecturer in education. Previously, at Temple University, Dr. Hoffman served as vice provost for undergraduate studies, presidential fellow, and director of the university honors program, with faculty appointments in English and women's studies. Dr. Hoffman has also held posts at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and currently teaches a course on philanthropy, nonprofits, and school reform. She was a program officer at the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and was a founder and faculty member of the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has held teaching positions in English and comparative literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Portland State University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hoffman holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She chaired the board of directors of the Feminist Press, the oldest women's press in the United States, from 2002 to 2006. Currently, she chairs the academic affairs committee of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and serves on the board of the North Bennet Street School.
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Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Student-Centered Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, State-Local Higher Education Policy, State-Local K-12 Policy, Early College, STEM, Dual Enrollment