Director of the Design-Based Learning Project
UCLA Center X
Jessica Heim is Director of the Design-Based Learning Project at UCLA Center X in the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies. The Design-Based Learning Project partners with K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. to provide high quality professional development in the Doreen Nelson Method of Design-Based Learning. Jessica earned her M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Design-Based Learning from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2016. A former teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District for more than 15 years, Jessica has worked with diverse groups of students in grades K-6. She has previously been an instructor at the Summer Institute for Teachers (SIFT) at ArtCenter College of Design and has worked with K-12 teachers as an instructional coach through the Center for City Building Education since 2015. Originally from San Diego, Jessica completed her B.A. in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2004 and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the same university in 2005.