Kate Kennedy
Kate  Kennedy

Kate Kennedy

Cohort: 2017

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

Ed.M., Education Leadership, Concentration in Public School Leadership
Teachers College, Columbia University

M.A., Elementary Education
Loyola Marymount University

B.A., Women's Studies
The Ohio State University

Contact info

katekenn@usc.eduPhone: 614-3234299



K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

social-emotional learning; moral school leadership; ethical administration under a white supremacist regime; transformative leadership; teacher happiness; creativity; community engagement; data use; flow experiences; leadership pipelines in P-12 systems; effective teachers; value-added analysis

Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy is a PhD student in Urban Education Policy at the University of California Rossier School of Education where she focuses her studies on the K-12 American educational landscape. Kate has a great love for teachers and the families, students, and children she's had the privilege to serve. Kennedy taught for ten years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Worthington City Schools outside of Columbus, Ohio, where she was rated a most effective teacher through the Ohio Department of Education evaluation system. Throughout her career educating young people, Kate taught ESL, social studies, intervention reading, gifted, and special education inclusion classes.

Kate's research interests are driven by a passion for social justice, a belief in transformative and moral leadership, an ethic of caring, and a deep respect for the teaching profession. Her research interests include social-emotional learning, moral school leadership, ethical administration under a white supremacist regime, teacher happiness, creativity, community engagement, data use, flow experiences, leadership pipelines in P-12 systems, effective teachers, value-added analysis, a systems approach to school improvement, and networked improvement communities.

Kennedy has led various school improvement and change initiatives during the eras of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. She worked with teachers, leaders, and districts in their use of value-added data for school improvement, which she wrote about in How to use value-added analysis for learning, published by Corwin Press. An expert in formative instructional practices, or formative assessment, Kate led teachers and leaders in professional development as Director of Professional Learning at Battelle for Kids. As Director of School Performance and School Accountability at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Kate helped new, high-quality charter schools secure state and Walton Foundation funding.

Now, as a doctoral student, Kate works with Dr. Julie Marsh on California education policy initiatives.

Kate is a native of Worthington, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University; there, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies. Kate also earned a Master of Education in Public School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University. Kate is an alumnus of Teach For America


Professional Experience:

Resarch Assistant, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California 

Teacher, Worthington City Schools 

Director of Professional Learning, Battelle for Kids

Director of School Peformance and Accountability, Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools 

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District 

Honors and Awards:

Rossier Dean's Assistantship

Asian American Studies Undergraduate Writing Award

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