Rebecca E. Wolfe
Rebecca E. Wolfe is an associate vice president at Jobs for the Future. She leads Students at the Center, a Jobs for the Future initiative that synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes. Students at the Center furthers the ability of practitioners and policymakers to engage each student in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to succeed in college, career, and civic life. Dr. Wolfe currently oversees the teams’ efforts to: convene researchers and thought leaders to set research agendas and produce field-building evidence; maintain www.studentsatthecenterhub.org, a user-driven digital platform with ongoing tool curation and creation, resources, social media portal, interactive map, and news and events from around the field; work with state and district leaders to build systems of assessment for effective student-centered approaches and instructional practice; and design educator competencies and supports for successful teaching in personalized settings.
During her tenure at JFF, she has provided strategic consultation and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency's Dropout Recovery Program; helped Boston Day and Evening Academy (a competency-based school for off-track youth) launch their REAL Institute to train other schools in their approach; and contributed to developing the Back on Track to College model for over-age, under credited youth. Prior to JFF, Dr. Wolfe was a program director at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, developing a cross-district school leadership initiative for growing and training urban school principals, convening a funder collaborative, managing a portfolio of education and youth development grants, and overseeing a network of after-school intermediaries. She has worked as a middle school site coordinator for GEAR UP, as a teacher in several college-readiness initiatives for low-income middle-school youth in Dorchester and Boston, and as a community liaison in the Suffolk County district attorney's office for the first Youth Opportunity Area (a U.S. Department of Labor wrap-around initiative). Dr. Wolfe has authored or co-authored numerous publications on student-centered learning, recent selections including The Past and the Promise: Today’s Competency Education Movement (JFF 2014), Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life (Ed., Harvard Education Press 2017), and Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers (Ed., Harvard Education Press 2013). Dr. Wolfe holds a B.A. in sociology with a focus in urban education from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in education policy and administration from Stanford University.