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Jason Quiara is Program Officer for the Education Program, which works to ensure all students—especially those who are low-income and minority—are prepared for life success by improving the quality of teachers they encounter in school, enhancing early education policies, and supporting policies that ensure high school students have a seamless transition from high school to college and careers. Jason is currently managing an R&D portfolio to experiment and research innovative ways in which technology and other evidence-based tools can be used to support parents and caregivers of young children in both formal and informal settings. In addition, in March 2016, he co-led the launch of the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership in four diverse communities across the Great Lakes region as a primary strategy to better prepare young people for lasting success in education, career and life.
Before coming to Joyce, Jason worked at Jobs for the Future (JFF) where he was responsible for state policy strategy and advocacy to support the expansion and sustainability of college pathways that integrate high school and postsecondary education experiences, such as early college high schools. He led much of JFF’s state policy work for a national initiative advising K-12 and higher education leadership in four states.
Prior to joining JFF, Jason served as the director of state policy and research for the New England Board of Higher Education where he directed College Ready New England—an initiative aimed to promote innovative school models and policies to improve high school graduation rates and postsecondary outcomes for low-income and minority students in the New England region.
He received a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Boston College and a master’s in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.