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Nancy Gerzon

Nancy Gerzon is a Project Director with WestEd’s Learning Innovations. Gerzon’s work supports education leaders to improve policy and develop systemwide approaches to increasing student learning.

Gerzon has led teams from state education agencies, districts, and schools to develop policy and practice in formative assessment, data use, and instructional alignment, helping numerous schools develop systems for teacher learning, improve achievement, and exit Program Improvement status.

She has served as the lead subject expert for two statewide formative assessment projects, in Rhode Island and Maryland. As the subject expert in Rhode Island, Gerzon designed a year-long online course including learning activities, case studies, and vignettes to showcase effective classroom formative assessment.

In Maryland, Gerzon and her team designed formative assessment training materials for school leaders to augment online content. These leadership materials included observation tools, implementation guidance, and support for schoolwide implementation.

Prior to joining WestEd, Gerzon led a regional professional development network focused on career and college readiness. She convened and facilitated teams comprising local business community members, college and community college professors, and high school teachers to design instructional pathways to college and to build learning progressions that defined student outcomes at each level. This initiative significantly raised academic expectations for high school course outcomes in technology and sciences.

Gerzon cowrote Growing into Equity (Corwin Press, 2013), which analyzes professional learning and leadership practices in four high-achieving, high-poverty schools.

She received a Master’s degree in human resources administration with an academic concentration in systems change and workforce planning.