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Kevin Perks

Kevin Perks serves as Director, School and District Services, for Learning Innovations. Perks works closely with schools, districts, and state agencies nationwide to support motivation, engagement, and achievement in such areas as standards-based education, literacy, and educational reform. Perks and fellow school transformation experts recently helped improve several struggling schools in Buffalo, NY. Perks' areas of expertise include literacy, motivation, and standards-based teaching and learning. He provides a variety of technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state agencies in the following areas:
  • Supporting literacy and motivation in all disciplines at the elementary, middle, and high school levels through resource development, workshops, and demonstrations of effective practice in classrooms
  • Creating standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment across content areas
  • Implementing college- and career-ready standards that align with state and national standards
  • Helping low-performing schools develop research-based policies, programs, curricula, and practices designed to turn around student achievement
  • Working with districts and schools to develop systems of teacher support and evaluation
With his deep understanding in school improvement, Perks spear-headed the development of and facilitates VITAL Collaboration, research-based professional learning designed to improve teaching practices and enhance student learning. Prior to joining WestEd, Perks served as a Curriculum Coordinator for a large school district in southern Maine. There he helped the district redesign its system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to better use research and data to prepare students to be college and career ready. Perks also taught multiple subject areas at the elementary, middle, high school, and postsecondary levels. He began his career at Marburn Academy, a school dedicated to serving the needs of students with special needs, particularly dyslexia. He has written articles for a range of magazines and journals, as well as authored publications. His most recent publication is the guide, Motivation to Learn: Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement (2014, Corwin Press). His article, "Navigating the Classroom Current," was published in the September 2014 themed issue of Educational Leadership dedicated to issues of motivation in classrooms. Both publications provide educators with concrete tools and strategies to leverage motivation to learn. Perks received a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Hampshire, an MAT from the University of Chicago, and a BA in English from Boston University where he graduated with distinction.