Kathy Dunne

Director, Professional Development, Learning Innovations

Kathy Dunne
Kathy Dunne is Director of Professional Development for Learning Innovations at WestEd. A WestEd staff member since 1996, Dunne manages and coordinates large-scale professional development and technical assistance efforts. She also provides training, facilitation, and consultation to schools, districts, state education agencies, and institutions of higher education in the Northeast and nationally. She co-leads the New England Comprehensive Center's Advanced Student Literacy and Numeracy — a regional initiative that focuses on leadership and policy development to support literacy and mathematics education through teacher preparation, teacher program approval, and teacher professional development. As the New Hampshire liaison for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands, Dunne works with the Commissioner of Education and other state education leaders to identify New Hampshire's research priorities and to support dissemination and knowledge utilization of REL Northeast and Islands- generated research. She also serves on REL Northeast and Islands research teams to develop briefs on mentoring, induction, and teacher quality. She has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing mentoring, induction, and coaching programs, and in training and preparing mentors and content-based coaches. Dunne has taught at the middle, high school, and college levels, and served as a curriculum supervisor for the New Hampshire State Department of Education. She is an adjunct faculty member at Fitchburg State College. In 2000, Dunne was awarded the Annual Award for Exceptional Contribution to the WestEd Community. She received a BS in physical education and health and an MEd in curriculum and supervision from the University of New Hampshire.