Denise Nelson is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, and in her role Denise works with communities to expand their capacity to ensure that all students have opportunities for a postsecondary degree or credential. Denise collaborates, guides and serves as a resource to communities as they implement processes and strategies for academic and non-academic supports for students. She brings more than 28 years of educational experience to the Weiss Institute.
Prior to coming to Weiss Institute, Denise was involved in a nationally noted school improvement organization at the University of Connecticut. She supported schools and districts across the nation for more than 12 years through the efforts of Accelerated Schools plus, a research-based school reform model.
Over her educational career, Denise served students as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, and school reform specialist. Most recently Denise was involved in the design, development and implementation of North Carolina’s K-3 Formative Assessment Process for the NC Department of Public Instruction, a developmentally appropriate, individualized formative assessment process for students Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Denise continues to work toward her goal of ensuring student success as they reach their academic and social potential through family, school and community support.