Biography

TJ Bliss is the Director of Development and Strategy at Wiki Education, a non-profit that connects higher education to the publishing power of Wikipedia. Bridging Wikipedia and academia creates opportunities for any learner to contribute to, and access, open knowledge. Before joining Wiki Education, TJ was a Program Officer in the Education Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In that role, he gave $45M in grants to over 30 organizations working to expand the reach and efficacy of Open Educational Resources (OER).

TJ has a Ph.D. in Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation from Brigham Young University. His research there was focused on applying measurement and psychometric methodologies to develop a model of digital textbook quality, especially open textbooks. Previously, he was a member of the Open Education Group, a research team focused on understanding the impacts of OER at all educational levels. He was also an OER Policy Fellow at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), where he conducted research on state education policies friendly to OER. Most recently, TJ was the Director of Assessment and Accountability at the State Department of Education in Idaho. In this role, he served as the delegate for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of states working together to develop a next-generation assessment system to measure student achievement of deeper learning skills.

TJ was born and raised in Spanish Fork, Utah. He is an active and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and served a two-year mission for the Church in Moscow, Russia from 2001-2003. TJ is an occasional musician and has been known to play a number of instruments, including the cello, piano, bass guitar, vocal chords, and pipe organ. TJ also really likes eye-wear created by Warby Parker.

TJ lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Debra, an accomplished actress, chef par excellence, and beautiful mother of five children.

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