Oklahoma Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (OASCD) is a state affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

OASCD Spring 2018 Conference

March 01, 2018

University of Central Oklahoma in the Nigh University Center Ballroom (3rd floor of the Nigh Center)
2ND Street & Garland Godfrey Drive, Edmond, OK  73034
Free parking east of Nigh University Center

Having Hard Conversations: With a Parent, Administrator, Fellow Teachers, and more!

Presented by Jennifer Abrams



The Oklahoma Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (OASCD) is proud to host Ms. Jennifer Abrams.

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel, and others on new employee support, supervision, being generationally savvy, having hard conversations and collaboration skills.

In Palo Alto USD (Palo Alto, CA), Jennifer led professional development sessions on topics from equity and elements of effective instruction to teacher leadership and peer coaching and provided new teacher and administrator trainings at both the elementary and secondary level. From 2000-2011, Jennifer was lead coach for the Palo Alto-Mountain View-Los Altos-SaratogaLos Gatos Consortium’s Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program.

In her educational consulting work, Jennifer has presented at annual conferences such as Learning Forward, ASCD, NASSP, NAESP, AMLE, ISACS and the New Teacher Center Annual Symposium, as well as at the Teachers’ and Principals’ Centers for International School Leadership. Jennifer’s communications consulting in the health care sector includes training and coaching work at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Stanford Hospital.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, the Whens and the What Ifs, Her upcoming book, tentatively titled, Swimming in the Deep End: Leadership Skills for Aspiring and Emerging Leaders, will be out early in 2019. Other publications include her chapter, “Habits of Mind for the School Savvy Leader” in Art Costa’s and Bena Kallick’s book, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success, and her contribution to the book, Mentors in the Making: Developing New Leaders for New Teachers published by Teachers College Press. Jennifer writes a monthly newsletter, Voice Lessons, available for reading at and subscribing to on her website, and is a featured columnist, writing about The Deep End at as well as about personal growth and development at

Jennifer has been recognized as one of “21 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’ blog, and the International Academy of Educational Entrepreneurship’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. She has been a featured interviewee on the topic of professionalism for ASCD’s video series, Master Class, hosted by National Public Radio’s Claudio Sanchez, and in the lead article, “Finding Your Voice in Facilitating Productive Conversations” for Learning Forward’s The Leading Teacher, Summer 2013 newsletter; as a generational expert for “Tune in to What the New Generation of Teachers Can Do,” published in Phi Delta Kappan, (May 2011), and by the Ontario Ministry of Education for their Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations video series.

Jennifer considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee and in her new role as an advisor for Reach Capital, an early stage educational technology fund. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Jennifer can be reached at,, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Intended audience: Teachers, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, School/District Leaders.

We hope you can join us!


Click here for online registration!


IMPORTANT: Visitor Parking at UCO has changed!

You will need the code above when they arrive, but not necessarily to park.  Once your car is parked, you will need to go to a pay station (there are multiple throughout the lot) and enter the code above.  If the code is not entered when you arrive, you will receive a parking ticket.

Parking Code: UCOE0301