Rebecca E. Wolfe

Associate Vice President Rebecca E. Wolfe, PhD, oversees Students at the Center, a JFF initiative. Rebecca has led the development of Students at the Center from publishing a few research syntheses in 2010 to now serving as a national, credible, and influential voice for transformative learner-centered teaching and learning. Together with our practice and policy partners, Students at the Center aims to ensure all students—with a special focus on low-income youth and students of color—have concrete opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for success in college, the workforce, and civic life.

Rebecca oversees major Students at the Center projects, including an interactive, research-grounded framework for student-centered approaches that lead to deeper learning; a user-centered digital space ( that includes over 900 curated tools and resources; the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative; educator and leadership competencies and supports for successful teaching in personalized settings; and direct supports for state and district efforts to implement policy and designs informed by and aligned to JFF frameworks and research. 

During her tenure at JFF, Rebecca 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, Rebecca 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, and managing a portfolio of education and youth development grants. She has worked as a middle-school site coordinator for GEAR UP, a teacher in several college-readiness initiatives for low-income middle-school youth in Dorchester and Boston, and a community liaison in the Suffolk County district attorney's office for the first US Department of Labor Youth Opportunity Area.

Rebecca has authored or co-authored numerous publications on student-centered learning—selections include Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work and Life (Ed., Harvard Education Press 2017); Educator and Leader Competencies for Personalized, Learner-centered Teaching (JFF & CCSSO 2017, 2015); The Past and the Promise: Today’s Competency Education Movement (JFF 2014); and Anytime, Anywhere: Student-centered learning for schools and teachers (Ed., Harvard Education Press 2013). 

In 2018, Rebecca was recognized as the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Regional Champion for being a “tireless leader in New England’s effort to ensure high-quality learning experiences for all students across the region.” 

Rebecca holds a bachelor's degree with honors in sociology with a focus in urban education from Harvard University and a doctorate in education policy and administration from Stanford University.