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Jay Connor

Jay Connor

Lecturer
Strategy

Shared Lecturer Suite: SB2 324 - for office hours only

jaconno1@uci.edu  

Education

JD MBA in Marketing and Finance, Northwestern University
BS in Psychology, Georgetown University

Research Interest

Community Solutions

Social Entrepreneurship


Jay Connor is the Founder/CEO of Learning Ovations, Inc., an organization with the mission of getting students reading at, or above, grade level by the end of third grade.

Jay is passionate about his work at Learning Ovations and is actively bringing the research-based technology and professional development tool, A2i (assessment to instructions), to schools across the nation. A2i, in seven randomized control studies, is recognized as demonstrating strong evidence for ESSA.  It has been proven to support teachers in achieving a fifth-grade average reading level with high-need populations, by the end of third grade.   As a result, Learning Ovations in the fall of 2017, along with Digital Promise, UC Irvine and MDRC, was awarded a U.S. Department of Education five-year Education Innovation and Research expansion grant totaling $14.65 million for the United2Read project, which will impact its first 26,000 students in the fall of 2018.

He has demonstrated leadership in the business, nonprofit and public policy arenas. His book, published Spring 2003 (second edition 2005) by Wilder Press, Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact is the most extensive discussion available on the art of linking sectors, initiatives, technologies, space and systems in implementing community solutions.

He is a past Board Chair for the highly recognized, innovative Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He was the Co-Founder of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, one of the first community outcomes incubators.  He holds a courtesy appointment at the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors member and retiring Chair for the Nonprofit Centers Network, headquartered in Denver. Jay has been Acknowledged by the Tamarac Foundation, Jay is an early thought leader by the Tamarac Foundation in Toronto for his seminal work in collective impact.

Jay was a Divisional President and Senior Vice President Marketing for two Fortune 100 corporations.  He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Selected Publications, News & Honors

His book, published Spring 2003 (second edition 2005) by Wilder Press, Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact is the most extensive discussion available on the art of linking sectors, initiatives, technologies, space and systems in implementing community solutions.