“Education is a value instilled in me from a young age and has far-reaching effects on society. I am fascinated by learning what makes students successful and how to improve outcomes for all students.”
About Chelsea Sorensen
Chelsea’s commitment to delivering high-quality products, resources, and technical assistance is an invaluable asset to the Region 14 Comprehensive Center and our state education clients. Her work is informed by her study of growth mindset, motivation, and the application of educational psychology and metacognition in schools.
Chelsea’s comprehensive knowledge addressing students’ social, emotional, and mental health needs, in conjunction with their academic needs, helps facilitate the successful design and implementation of programs that increase access to school-based mental health services. Her expertise and leadership facilitated working with the Texas Education Agency and its partners to launch the Texas School Mental Health Resources Database. In addition, Chelsea provides needs sensing, strategic planning, policy analysis, communications, and on-time, in-budget deliverables to clients and a wide range of stakeholders.
Chelsea has contributed to dozens of rapid-response landscape analyses related to policy issues and trends and current best practices in education. She has developed surveys and focus groups to support the collection and coding of qualitative and quantitative data, as well as the evaluation of programs.
Chelsea has planned and facilitated numerous engaging virtual and hybrid professional development events for clients such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education and the Texas Education Agency’s Community Partnerships-Student Success Initiative.
Chelsea reviewed districts’ targeted improvement plans and scored for completion, use of data, and fidelity of implementation as support for the Nebraska Department of Education's Technical Assistance—Part B team.
Prior to working with the Region 14 Comprehensive Center, Chelsea was an academic advisor for over 300 undergraduate students at South Dakota State University, recruited prospective students, served on curriculum committees and strategic planning teams, and supported first-year seminars and advanced writing seminars.
Areas of Expertise
Training and Technical Assistance
Product and Tool Development
Data Collection and Analysis
Strategic Planning and Implementation
Mental Health and Wellbeing
College and Career Readiness
MEd, Counseling and Human Resource Development – Student Affairs Administration, South Dakota State University