• Research Associate
Masonic Institute on the Developing Brain
Rm 2-506c [map]
2025 E River Pkwy
MInneapolis, MN 55414

Jennifer Sommerness, Ed.S. is a Research Associate with the TIES Center and National Center on Educational Outcomes. In this position, she develops resources and provides guidance and technical assistance at the state, district, and school levels to improve inclusion and engagement of students with significant cognitive disabilities within general education classrooms and activities. She supports the development of knowledge, skills, confidence, and collaboration of educators and families to support inclusive education systems through the application of evidence-based practices. Prior to joining the TIES Center, she began her education career as a teacher of students with significant cognitive disabilities and has been an independent educational consultant, with an emphasis on practice-level professional development, and access and engagement of the general education curriculum for students with the most extensive support needs. She holds an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota.



TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Creates sustainable changes in school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional …



TIES Center is engaged in a year-long collaboration (2024-2025) with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) for the "California Includes" initiative. The project aims to develop comprehen…


Supporting Students With Disabilities in Inclusive Schools: A Curriculum for Job-Embedded Paraprofessional Development

A curriculum supporting special educators in their role of teaching paraprofessionals to work with students with disabilities, focusing on increasing paraprofessional knowledge and skills for …

Published: 2002

MIDAS Project Reports: Using Multiple Measures of Academic Achievement to Inform Instruction for Students with Disabilities Who Moved from the Alternate Assessment to the General State Assessment (#101)

This report presents an overview of two types of assessments that can inform instructional decision making for students with disabilities who moved from the alternate assessment based on alternate …

Published: April 2024