Jessica Thompson
Associate Professor of Education


  • English language learners
  • Innovative professional development
  • Professional development
  • Science
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher support

Jessica Thompson is an associate professor of education at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on building local improvement networks that support ambitious and equitable teaching practice with novice and experienced science teachers, science and English-learner coaches, principals and district leadership. Through her work, Thompson is developing job-embedded professional development models that enable educators across dozens of schools to learn from one another and enact high leverage teaching practices. A former high school and junior high school teacher, Thompson also has expertise in working with underserved students in secondary science classrooms and developing interventions that learn from and support ethnic minority girls’ engagement in scientific inquiry. In her teaching, Thompson’s interests include culturally responsive science education, teaching for understanding of science phenomena and the epistemic nature of science, and inquiring into one’s own teaching as a core professional activity.