Dr. Jacobs is an associate director of the Independent School Teaching Residency program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and co-author of Teaching Girls: How Teachers and Parents Can Reach Their Brains and Hearts. Her research interests focus on issues of identity development and gender in education concerning adolescent girls of color, teacher education and diversity, and youth participatory action research. Dr. Jacobs also serves as the executive director of the Girls Justice League, a non-profit organization supporting the social, educational, and economic rights of girls in Philadelphia.
An accomplished researcher, writer, and educator, Dr. Jacobs is an expert on the many ways in which girls’ gendered, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic identities affect their lives at school. Dr. Jacobs works with the Hewitt community to support positive identity development in our girls and young women and consults with our faculty, staff, and parents on how to help students build confidence and a positive sense of self in the face of gender stereotypes.