Jena Wilkerson serves as the Trauma-Informed Specialist for both the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center and Learning Innovations. As a national training coach, Jena provides training, technical assistance, and coaching around universal social / emotional and trauma-informed best practices for staff, children, and families. Wilkerson’s work places a strong focus on enhancing educational workforce capacity for effective implementation with equity; strategic planning for school improvement; standards and accountability; and many other areas identified within the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC).
Prior to joining WestEd, Wilkerson worked for the University of Maryland – School of Social Work, where she used her extensive experience in workforce coaching, training development / facilitation to support state and local educational systems in coaching teachers, families, and administration to implement Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL) to fidelity; and support educational organization to adapt and implement a holistic approach to creating a healthy Social / Emotional program wide environment with quality and commitment. Wilkerson also worked for Head Start for 15 years in Baltimore City managing, coaching, and training the early childhood workforce on best practices for working with children (ages 0-5) and their families. She is trained in Practice-Based Coaching (a strength based coaching model) used to increase organizational outcomes to exceed the national standard through strengthening workforce knowledge base and implementation practices.