Jennifer S. Groff, Ed.M.

Jennifer is an educational engineer, researcher and designer, whose work focuses on redesigning learning experiences and environments through innovations, technologies and systems design. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Education Arcade and the co-founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign—an international NGO dedicated to redesigning the general curricula for the 21st century. Previously, she was the technology-based learning subject matter specialist on the OECD Innovative Learning Environments project, and a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at Futurelab Education in the United Kingdom, where she continued her work on system innovation and researched the use of console-games in Scotland’s schools. Most recently, Jen was the Vice President of Learning & Program Development for the Learning Games Network—a non-profit spin-off from the MIT Education Arcade, where she lead the development of assessment-based game design and the national Playful Learning movement. Jen is a former K-12 educator, and for her innovative teaching in the classroom she was named a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Leader in 2005 and a Google Certified Teacher. Jennifer is the author of numerous frameworks on innovation in education systems, transformation and design over educational reform—including the i5 framework and the ‘whole-mindedness’ pedagogical approach. She holds a Masters of Education in systems and learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Masters of Education in educational technology from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.