Jason B. Midwood is Vice President of Operations at the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR). Jay is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, and supports the growth and success of CSSR by ensuring that strategy and structure are aligned. He oversees the development, planning, implementation, and follow-up for every project within the organization. Jay served as Project Manager for the i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance. In this role he directed all professional development activities, including the Summer Institutes. Jay acted as project liaison with site coordinators in all thirteen schools, and oversaw all of the coaching and collaboration between the CSSR team and the project sites.
Jay is a leading voice in organizational change and student-centered learning and teaching strategies. Jay was instrumental in developing the CSSR vision and approach to transformational school change. He is an advocate for education redesign throughout Rhode Island. He serves as an advisory board member for the Latino College Access Coalition, and sits on the Membership and Culture committee and the Continuous Improvement committee within the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet. He is an advocate for student voice and choice initiatives in public education, and sees students as part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. In 2014, Jay was the recipient of the 40 Under 40 award by the Providence Business News.
For Jay, the most enduring impact of the i3 New England Network is that students now have an outlet within their learning environments to not only have a meaningful voice in school redesign, but a variety of choices in how they learn and the multiple pathways that connect their goals with their learning. As Project Manager, Jay has gained a greater appreciation for the time it takes to effect school change. He has learned to embrace flexibility and ambiguity because one-size-fits-all reform does not work in the classroom or in the change process—you have to be able to adjust along the way.
Jay holds a B.A. from Rhode Island College, an Executive Degree in Business Management from Bryant University, and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University. He is actively involved in various non-profits throughout Rhode Island, and served as lead writer for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s curriculum and assessment education platform. When not working to support schools, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and yellow lab.