Nicole Smith is an Assistance Lead with SchoolWorks supporting the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Statewide System of Support. She has more than 10 years of experience across public education, higher education, and corporations that demonstrate her dedication to building and sustaining learning experiences and systems that lead to students realizing their passions and being prepared to pursue fulfilling lives and careers.
Nicole’s work focuses on reimagining and improving State, district, and school systems that serve middle and high school students. She centers students when designing systems and processes through data analysis, strategic planning, and strong cross-sector partnerships. This has resulted in innovative, hands-on learning for students in the State of Rhode Island where Nicole was responsible for the State’s career and technical education system, Statewide dual enrollment partnership between State colleges and high schools, and middle and high school policy and programs. She built and implemented innovative learning solutions, including the Advanced Course Network – a first-of-its-kind Statewide network of college-and-career-course opportunities that, since its launch in 2016, has enabled thousands of students to gain high school credit, college credit, and new skills that were otherwise not available to them in their school system. Through this work, Nicole was recognized by the Rhode Island School Counselors’ Association as Advocate of the Year.
Nicole has designed employee learning management system solutions and led training for new employees and franchisees with Dunkin’ Brands. She is an adjunct faculty member in the STEM Division at Roxbury Community College. She earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the Broad Residency in Urban Education, in addition to earning both her Bachelor’s and MBA from Babson College with a focus on social enterprise and data analytics, respectively.