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.