An Agency of the Regional Offices of Education for Will and Grundy - Kendall Counties
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Kara Coglianese

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Dr. Kara Coglianese is an innovative and Future-Focused educational presenter and trainer. She has
presented throughout the United States at both national and local conferences. Such presentations

o Understanding & Promoting 21st Century Design Models
IASA Conference, Springfield, IL
o Evaluating Principals, Concordia University,
o Developing an Effective Administrator Performance Tools
Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
o Developing an Effective Administrator Performance Tool
National Staff Development Council (NSDC), Anaheim, CA
o Mapping our Students Success K-12: Use of NWEA Data,
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Fusion National
Conference, Portland, OR
o Teaming, National Staff Development Council (NSDC),
National Conference, Orlando, FL
o Collaboration Yields Results: Working Together to Use Data
and Develop Successful Educational Programs

Kara joins the team of consultants at PDA with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experiences. She
has served as an elementary classroom teacher for over fifteen years, instructional specialist, director
of learning, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of several
school districts. She currently is the superintendent at the Crete-Monee School District 201U. She has
also served as an adjunct professor at National-Louis University where she taught the Master’s
cohort in the area of instructional design. She has authored several publications including The 10
Do’s and Don’ts for School Boards
in the Illinois School Board Journal and New Teachers Seek a Place to
Call Home
from the School Superintendent Association (AASA). Her seminal research, Bridging
Cultural Borders
, focuses on the mentoring of new Latina teachers into the teaching profession and
how to best support and retain them.

Areas of Expertise and Interest
Building Sustainable School Improvement Processes
District and School Leadership Teams
Crucial Conversation and Conflict Resolution
Equity Audits
Culturally Responsive Learning
Team Coaching

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