"If you're not at the table, you are probably on the menu!"
Do you want your opinions to count in education policy making?
Are you frustrated that Washington too often just doesn't get it?
Do you want to change education policy so it works for students?
Do you want education policy that empowers the professionalization of educators?
Janewestconsulting is dedicated to connecting professionals and other stakeholders to policy makers. As a former teacher with a doctorate in special education and thirty years of policy experience in the nation's capital, I connect education organizations and professionals to the policy making process. Professionals and organizations interact directly with policy makers and inform deliberations with knowledge, expertise and experience from the real world of teaching and learning. Professional development for doctoral students and practicing educators results in policy-savvy professionals who understand the policy process and how to engage with it.
I got my start in the policy world through my doctoral program. My internship placement was with the US Senate Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. I went on to serve as a by working senior education staff member on that Committee. From there, I worked for several national organizations to assist them in shaping their message and ensuring that it was heard. I have led the policy work for several higher education organizations, including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education and the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. I work in multiple coalitions with other national organizations to amplify the voice and the message of the organization and connect them directly into the policy dialogue. We have developed legislation that has been enacted to create new programs, increased funding for key programs and modified proposals so that they would best serve students and professionals.