SALT LAKE CITY—September 25, 2017. Ed Direction, a subsidiary of Cicero Group, and the nation’s premier school transformation services provider, has named senior leader and former Director of Assessment and Accountability for the Utah State Board of Education, Dr. Jo Ellen Shaeffer, to its council of senior advisors. Dr. Shaeffer brings over 33 years of leadership experience in public education. She has developed, coordinated, and directed the implementation of federal and state education assessments, and has overseen accountability systems including the Governor’s report card. Dr. Shaeffer has sat on numerous direction and oversight committees focused on ESSA planning and SAGE Item Development for the Governor, and has had a significant impact on education in Utah.
Prior to her position on the Utah State Board of Education, Dr. Shaeffer was the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for Salt Lake City School District. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Leadership Policy from the University of Utah, as well as a Master’s in Education, Teaching and Learning from Brigham Young University.
As a Senior Advisor at Ed Direction and Cicero Group, Dr. Shaeffer will participate with Cicero’s leadership to provide expertise and guidance to the company and its clients, and contribute to the company’s vast network of educational leadership.
Ed Direction is the nation’s premier school transformation provider. The company is comprised of former teachers, instructional coaches, school psychologists, principals, district administrators, superintendents, university instructors, and state specialists from across the country. Ed Direction has partnered with more than 100 districts and 1,000 schools across the United States to produce transformational change by coaching focused, coherent leadership; effective, student-centered instruction; and an inclusive culture of collaboration.
Ed Direction’s parent company, Cicero Group, is a leading management consulting firm that brings a data-driven approach to informing, creating, and implementing business strategies that deliver durable, top- and bottom-line performance for clients across a wide range of industries and business functions such as sales, marketing, operations, and finance.