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Jodi Davenport

Jodi L. Davenport is Director of Learning and Technology at WestEd. Her team researches and develops promising educational innovations and identifies best practices for supporting learning in the digital age (e.g., computer science, computational thinking, data science). She oversees research partnerships with edtech companies seeking to improve usability, implementation, and student outcomes; large-scale efficacy studies of promising interventions; evaluations of projects and programs; and technical assistance to schools, districts, and states.

A recognized expert on translating research in cognitive science to education, Davenport serves as principal investigator on over $12 million of federally funded grants and has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. Davenport serves on grant panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has contributed as an expert on technical working groups for NCER and NCSER, and has co-chaired annual principal investigator meetings for both IES and NSF.

Previously, Davenport served as Deputy Director of WestEd’s STEM program and established strategies for researching and developing novel approaches to improving student outcomes in science and math, particularly for students historically underserved in STEM fields. She directed the IES-funded National Research and Development Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction. She has led efficacy studies of promising interventions, such as the Improving Children’s Understanding of Mathematical Equivalence materials for second grade math, and development projects, such as ChemVLab+, which helps students connect concepts with procedures and use a virtual chemistry lab to solve authentic problems.

Davenport publishes in the areas of educational effectiveness, learning science, and cognitive psychology. Her work has been cited over 1,000 times.

Davenport received a BS in cognitive science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.