Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is the founder and president of the Curriculum Designers Group, providing professional services to schools and organizations internationally to upgrade curriculum and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. Dr. Jacobs’s models on curriculum mapping and curriculum design have been featured in her eleven books and are the basis for software solutions used throughout the world. She is the author of thirteen books. Working with a range of organizations both international and national, state and provincial education departments, professional organizations such as ASCD, NAESP, Learning Forward, the European Council of International Schools, the Near East School Association, the College Board, ADK International Sino-Canadian Schools in China, New Zealand’s Learning Network, the Kennedy Center, the Peace Corps World Wise Schools, Carnegie Hall, Australia’s EduTech, and the United Nations Council on Teaching about the UN, the Near East School Association, the International Baccalaureate, the NY State Higher Education Commission, the CCSSO workgroup on Global Competencies, and AASA. In 2014 she received the MAIS International Educator Award in Seville, Spain. Dr. Jacobs has served as a program development advisor to Amazon Studios’ children’s programming division. She is currently working with the Waterford Institute on its literacy software platform and with Newsela on its curriculum collection.
Her recent work on the modernization of schools appears in her book, co-authored with Marie Alcock, Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments published by ASCD and Active Literacy: Active Literacy Across the Curriculum: Connecting Print Literacy with Digital, Media, and Global Competence, K-12, published by Routledge. Her four-book series on Leading the New Literacies, Mastering Digital Literacy, Mastering Media Literacy, Mastering Global Literacy, were by Solution-Tree are seminal works. Her best-selling, Curriculum Mapping: Tools and Templates and Curriculum 21 both with ASCD have been the basis for a wide range of professional services provided by a talented faculty and a robust clearinghouse giving educators resources to upgrade classroom life. Her career in education began as a high school, junior high, and elementary teacher in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York. Heidi and her husband make their home in Rye, New York.